Microsoft Statement on Conclusion of European Commission Hearing

BRUSSELS, Nov. 14, 2003 — Microsoft today issued the following statement upon conclusion of the European Commission’s three-day hearing:

Microsoft is grateful for the opportunity to present its case to the European Commission and National Competition Authorities. The company extends its particular thanks to the Hearing Officer for creating an environment in which all parties could present their point of view.

The hearing has been a helpful forum for the exchange of views among the participants.

It has been a constructive three days, and our dialogue with others in the industry has been particularly helpful. In some areas we have identified opportunities to narrow the differences between us.

Microsoft recognizes that as an industry leader it has a special responsibility to consumers, the industry and the Commission to work things out. With this in mind, Microsoft came to Brussels with the intention of making progress in this case, and feels that the past three days represents a positive step towards a meaningful solution.

This is an on-going process. Moving forward, Microsoft is committed to applying the energy and creativity needed to achieve a constructive outcome.

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