Microsoft’s lawyers disagree, however, and entered a variety of arguments
last May that the fine is too high, and was entered based upon “manifest
errors” in the EU’s process. With copies of the arguments released
publicly earlier this week (PDF), its demands to annul the fine are now
available for perusal worldwide:
Additionally, Microsoft previously
appealed the fine to Europe’s Court of First Instance last May – however
little has developed in the appeal since its filing.
The company’s trouble began in 2004 when the EU demanded Microsoft provide
competitors the ability to connect to software running under its Windows
platform (applications like Exchange and Active Directory). Third-party attempts
to connect to Microsoft technologies have, typically, been written by reverse
engineering the company’s communications protocols.