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InfoWorld: EU opens inquiry into Windows 2000

Feb 13, 2000, 18:29 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth De Bony)

"THE EUROPEAN Commission announced on Wednesday that it has launched a preliminary inquiry into allegations that Microsoft has introduced new elements into Windows 2000 designed to help it expand its dominance, in an anti-competitive manner, from desktop PC operating systems to other areas, notably servers."

" 'We have received information from end-users, Internet service providers, and competitors that Microsoft has designed Windows 2000 so that it can leverage its position in [PC] operating systems to other markets such as servers and ultimately electronic commerce,' Competition Commissioner Mario Monti told a press conference on antitrust policy Wednesday."

"The inquiry will not interfere with Microsoft's plans to launch Windows 2000 on Feb. 17, Monti explained in response to questions. However, if a formal investigation eventually determines that Microsoft has infringed EU antitrust rules, the company will have to modify the operating system to bring it into compliance, or risk daily fines until it does."

"According to these allegations, Microsoft has bundled its PC operating system together with other software so that only Microsoft products are fully interoperable with each other, Monti explained."

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