Microsoft's offer to license part of its Windows source to competitors is \u201cnot necessarily enough\u201d to head off \u20ac2 million ($2.43 million) in daily fines for the company, a European Commission spokesman said on Thursday.Asked whether the move by Microsoft would be enough to bring the company in line with the Commission\u2019s March 2004 anti-trust ruling, Jonathan Todd, spokesman for European competition commissioner Neelie Kroes, said: \u201cIt would be premature to conclude access to the source code would resolve the problem of the lack of compliance with our decision.\u201dOn Wednesday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith announced that the company would license source code for communications protocols used by its workgroup server software in an effort to meet the Commission\u2019s complaints that Microsoft was still failing to comply with the terms of its anti-trust decision.Smith said Wednesday that Microsoft had already complied with the Commission\u2019s demands on server interoperability by providing 12,000 pages of documentation on the protocols.Todd responded Thursday that \u201cIt\u2019s a question of the quality of the information, not the quantity.\u201d\u201cThey could give us half a million pages, but if it\u2019s not the right information to allow competitors to make Microsoft-compatible workgroup server products it doesn\u2019t solve the problem of compliance,\u201d he said.Microsoft\u2019s offer was instantly dismissed by some of its rivals, who called it a \u201cpublic relations ploy\u201d that would inundate developers with useless information.U.K. analyst company Ovum also criticized the offer, calling it "superficially appealing.""There's no doubting that the source code for software represents the most accurate and reliable documentation," Ovum analysts Gary Barnett and David Mitchell wrote in an e-mail to clients. However, "source code is of little practical benefit to those trying to develop interoperable code - there is simply too much of it, and it's too hard to understand."Instead, Microsoft should work with the Commission to figure out what's wrong with the technical documentation it has provided, the analysts said."This would represent a far more suitable and sincere attempt to bring this saga to a close, rather than adding another dimension to an argument that is already confused," the analysts wrote.The technical documentation is supposed to help competitors develop products that can interoperate well with Microsoft's dominant Windows software. The Commission believes this will help level the playing field for competition.