EU demands met, Microsoft says on eve of deadline

One day ahead of the deadline for explaining why it believes it has complied with the European Commission’s antitrust ruling against it, Microsoft Corp.’s top European lawyer said on Tuesday that the company is confident that it has met or exceeded all of the Commission’s demands.

“What we have submitted to the Commission responds to all the requirements they have made known to us,” Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft Corp.’s general counsel for Europe, told journalists in Brussels.

Microsoft has until Wednesday to submit its formal response to the Commission’s statement of objections, in which the European antitrust watchdog explained why it thinks Microsoft has failed to meet all its demands. However, the company has already explained much of its revised offer to Commission officials.

The Commission has said it will fine Microsoft up to