Microsoft Comment On DOJ Request for Information

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 19, 1997 — Microsoft Corporation said that it has received a request for information about the streaming media business from the Department of Justice.

“Competition in the nascent streaming media business is intense, with many large and small companies offering a wide range of innovative products,”
said William H. Neukom, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President for Law and Corporate Affairs.
“Microsoft is seeking to promote compatibility and interoperability among streaming media products from all vendors, which will benefit customers and further intensify competition. We are confident that the Justice Department will conclude that competition is robust once it reviews the facts.”

In addition to Microsoft, major competitors including Oracle, Netscape, Silicon Graphics IBM, Sun Microsystems and many others have announced streaming media products.

Neukom said that Microsoft intends to cooperate with the Justice Department. The company does not intend to comment on the specifics of this non-public DOJ inquiry, in deference to the Justice Department’s practice of gathering information in a confidential manner.

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It appears that this request was prompted by complaints from competitors which are reminiscent of allegations that were thoroughly reviewed in the past,” said William H. Neukom, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President for Law and Corporate Affairs