BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (AFP): Threatened with massive fines, Microsoft sent an 11th-hour response Wednesday to EU demands that the US software giant prove it was not abusing its dominant market position.
As the clock ticked down to a midnight deadline, Microsoft sent a detailed but clearly irritated 75-page response to the European Commission, which polices competition issues in Europe.
Fuelling fears of a future showdown, critics said the software giant's answer suggested that it had no intention of complying with the commission.
In its reply, which Microsoft said provides clear evidence that it fully complies with the demands, the firm accused the commission of ignoring key information and denying it due process to defend itself.
"Similarly, the response demonstrates that the commission repeatedly refused to clearly define its requirements and concerns, despite repeated requests and accommodations by Microsoft," it added.