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[FYI] Commission examines impact of Windows 2000 on competition
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CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2000.
Record Control Number: 14338
Category: General policy
The European Commission has formally requested information from
Microsoft about the new technical features of Windows 2000 to see if
it infringes EU competition law.
The move follows allegations received by the Commission from end-
users, small enterprises in the IT sector and Microsoft competitors,
that the Windows 2000 permits only Microsoft's server software
products to be fully interoperable with its PC operating system. It
is claimed that customers are obliged de facto to purchase Windows
2000 for servers to ensure full exploitation of functionalities
embedded in Windows 2000 for PCs.
According to allegations, this would put competitors at a serious
disadvantage, allowing Microsoft to extend its dominance in PC
operating systems into the closely related markets for server
operating system software and 'middleware'.
The Commission's investigation is separate to the ongoing trial in
the USA against Microsoft, and confronts different issues. In the
USA, the main thrust of the proceedings concerns allegations that
Microsoft is protecting its dominance on the market for PC operating
Microsoft has been given four weeks to respond to the Commission's
Data Source Provider: European Commission Press and Information
Document Reference: Based on press release IP/00/141
Subject Index Codes: Information Processing, Information Systems