CFI Microsoft Judgment: "A Great day for European Businesses and Consumers."



    LUXEMBOURG, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - "This is a great day for European businesses
and consumers," said Thomas Vinje, ECIS Spokesman and Legal Counsel. "At long
last, this decision opens the prospect for dynamic competition in the software
industry. No more user lock-in, no more monopoly pricing."
    "The European Commission, Commissioner Kroes, former Commissioner Monti
and their officials are to be praised for their vision and persistence in the
face of nearly ten years of foot-dragging by Microsoft."
    "The time has now come for Microsoft to obey the law. No more blaming the
Commission for lack of clarity, nor more excuses about complexity. The
provision of interoperability information is common software industry
practice. Microsoft knows full well what is required and how to provide it and
now just needs to do it."
    "But equally important, this landmark judgment sets a clear standard for
Microsoft's future conduct, and empowers the European Commission to impose it
in the European market when necessary. Moreover, the judgment is fully
consistent with Court jurisprudence which since the 1970s has shown that the
Commission has consistently and appropriately applied European antitrust law
in IT markets to ensure fair competition based on interoperability."
    "This decision means that no company, especially one with a
super-dominant position, is above the law."

    About ECIS

    ECIS is an international non-profit association founded in 1989 that
strives to promote market conditions in the ICT sector allowing vigorous
competition on the merits and a diversity of consumer choice. ECIS has
actively represented its members on many issues related to interoperability
and competition before European, national and international bodies, including
the EU institutions and WIPO. ECIS' members include large and smaller
information and communications technology hardware and software providers
Adobe, Corel, IBM, Linspire, Nokia, Opera, Oracle, RealNetworks, Red Hat, and
Sun Microsystems.





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For further information: ECIS media desk at Burson-Marsteller: Tel:
+32-2-743-66-10, email: info@ecis.eu or elizabeth.debony@bm.com

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