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Statement by Brad Smith, Vice-President and Director of Legal Affairs of Microsoft, on the case T-201/04 (Microsoft v European Commission)

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The European Commission welcomed the ruling by the Court of First Instance of the EC upholding the European Commission’s 2004 decision on Microsoft's abuse of its dominant market position and confirming the totality of the fine imposed. In this decision, Microsoft was fined 497 million Euros for infringing the EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant market position (Article 82) by leveraging its near monopoly in the market for PC operating systems onto the markets for work group server operating systems and for media players. This conduct hindered innovation in the markets concerned to the detriment of consumers. To put an end to this abusive behaviour, the Commission ordered Microsoft to disclose interoperability information which would allow non-Microsoft work group servers to achieve full interoperability with Windows PCs and servers and to offer a version of its Windows operating system without Windows Media Player. The Court’s ruling confirms that the Commission was right to prohibit Microsoft's anti-competitive conduct which harmed competition to the detriment of consumers.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 53572   Date: 17/09/2007   Duration: 00:06:15
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