Microsoft Provides Initial Response to EU

BRUSSELS (03/20/2000) - Microsoft Corp. has sent in a preliminary response to the European Commission's queries, which the Commission launched in response to antitrust complaints about the software giant.

"The (Microsoft) response arrived electronically early Saturday morning," Michael Tscherny, a spokesman for the European Commission, said today. "The company has, however, asked for an extension until April 15 to provide further documents as technical support for this initial reply," he added.

The Commission has granted the extension.

At issue is a preliminary inquiry that the Commission launched in early February to investigate allegations that Windows 2000 is designed so that it can reinforce Microsoft's dominant position in (PC) operating systems to other markets such as servers and ultimately electronic commerce.

Depending on Microsoft's response, the Commission will then decide whether the allegations are justified and then whether to launch a formal investigation to determine whether Microsoft has abused its dominant position in the PC operating system market.

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