The European Commission adopts a decision in a case concerning the abuse of a dominant position by a leading US provider in the PC operating systems (Microsoft)

"Commission adopts Decision in the Microsoft case"*1. Introduction On March 24 2004, the Commission concluded its Microsoft investigation by way of a formal Decision. This brought to an end proceedings which had lasted just over five years. The Commission found that Microsoft had abused its dominant position in PC operating systems by (i) refusing to provide interoperability information necessary for competitors to be able to effectively compete in the work group server operating system market; and (ii) tying its Windows Media Player with Windows. 2. Procedure The case originated with a complaint in December 1998 from Sun Microsystems, which alleged that Microsoft, with its Windows product, enjoyed a dominant position in PC operating systems, and that it had abused this dominant

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Henri Piffaut, Nicholas Banasevic, Jean Huby, Miguel Angel Pena Castellot, Oliver Sitar, The European Commission adopts a decision in a case concerning the abuse of a dominant position by a leading US provider in the PC operating systems (Microsoft), 24 March 2004, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2004, Art. N° 38380

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