Redmond (WA) – Microsoft announced today that yesterday it receive a Statement of Objection from the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. They statement claims that Microsoft’s inclusion of the Internet Explorer browser in the operating system since 1996 violates European competition laws.
Microsoft issued this statement in response:
“We are committed to conducting our business in full compliance with European law. We are studying the Statement of Objections now. Under European competition law procedure, Microsoft will be afforded an opportunity to respond in writing to this Statement of Objections within about two months. The company is also afforded an opportunity to request a hearing, which would take place after the submission of this response. Under EU procedure, the European Commission will not make a final determination until after it receives and assesses Microsoft’s response and conducts the hearing, should Microsoft request one.”
See Microsoft’s press release.