Microsoft Corp. was fined 280.5 million euros ($357 million) on Wednesday for allegedly flouting the earlier order, on top of the record 497 million euros ($613 million) fine it paid at the time. It also faces new penalties of 3 million euros ($3.82 million) a day beginning July 31.
“Microsoft has still not put an end to its illegal conduct,” said EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. “I have no alternative but to levy penalty payments for this continued compliance. No company is above the law.”
Microsoft — which in comparison earned $2.98 billion in the quarter ended March 31 — said it would appeal, claiming the “unprecedented” amount was unfair.
Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said the company would ask the EU’s second-highest court, the Court of First Instance, if its compliance efforts have been sufficient, claiming that the EU had never been clear about what it wanted.
The EU told the company to supply “complete and accurate technical specifications” to developers to help them make software for servers that help computers running Windows, printers and other devices on a network talk to each other. It accused Microsoft of using its monopoly position with Windows to elbow into the new server software market.