NewsByte 30 August 2001

Microsoft: New EU Attack

London (CNN) - Two new complaints allege illegal practices distort competitive market

The European Commission Thursday said it has expanded its investigation into Microsoft Corp.'s business practices to see whether it is acting illegally by incorporating digital streaming media technology into its Windows operating systems. At issue is Microsoft's Media Player software, which allows personal computer users to see and hear video and audio content without lengthy download times. Microsoft includes the Media Player software, which competes primarily with the RealPlayer from RealNetworks Inc. (RNWK: down $0.36 to $6.60, research estimates), as a standard part of its Windows operating system software. The European Commission, the competition watchdog of the European Union, said Thursday that by doing so, Microsoft may be violating the law.