November 13, 2003

Microsoft Warns EU It May Get Substandard Windows

Microsoft Corp said it would be forced to offer European consumers a substandard version of Windows if the European Union makes
it re-write its operating system, sources close to the case said Thursday.

Microsoft issued the warning to EU regulators, they said, during a three-day closed-door hearing to consider charges the software giant abused the
power that Windows gives it over the personal computer market.

The European Commission has proposed forcing Microsoft to remove its Media Player software from the Windows operating system and imposing a hefty
fine, as part of a remedy for allegedly muscling competitors out of the market.



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