Ballmer European Meeting Ends In Failure

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Microsoft’s chief executive officer and European Union antitrust chief can’t find common ground on compliance issues.

A hastily arranged meeting by Microsoft with the agency responsible for fining it for its monopolistic practices ended without any satisfaction for the Redmond-based software giant.

Microsoft was fined over $643 million USD a year ago for monopolistic practices. The company must make available a version of Windows in Europe that does not contain the Media Player, and to publish protocols that would allow developers to create software capable of communicating effectively with Microsoft servers.

This would mean sharing APIs with open source programmers so they could make programs like Samba work better with Windows, a result the company likely finds very distasteful.

Traditionally, Microsoft has been known to adopt open source programs like Kerberos, alter them so they do not work with third-party software, and close access to the source code, according to critics.

The issue is one Microsoft believes it can resolve to the satisfaction of EU regulators. “It is possible to find a way of working with open-source business models, Microsoft feels,” said spokesman Tom Brookes.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

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