Microsoft Statement on European Commission Process

REDMOND, Wash. — March 29, 2005 — Microsoft announced today that it has accepted a number of additional changes requested by the European Commission relating to the design and description of the version of Windows without Media Player.

In addition to other technical and packaging changes to the version of Windows without Media Player, Microsoft has agreed to:

  • Delete references in retail packaging that certain products won’t work properly with this version of Windows

  • Create a software package that will enable the re-installation of all the media files that the Commission ordered Microsoft to remove in its Decision against the company

  • Change various registry settings

The company was required to develop this new version of Windows, which the Commission recently instructed Microsoft to name “Windows XP Home Edition N” and “Windows XP Professional N,” as part of the Commission decision issued on March 24, 2004. A year to the day after this Decision, the Commission provided Microsoft with a list of additional changes to make to the product.

We are pleased to have finally received this feedback, and now that we have it, our interest and priority are in implementing the Commission’s instructions as quickly as possible.

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