The European Commission said on
Tuesday it was too early to say whether it would launch a
similar case in Europe to one in the United States where a judge
has found the company violated U.S. antitrust law.
Commission competition spokesman Michael Tscherny said he
could not comment on Monday's ruling by a U.S. judge but said
the European Union's antitrust watchdog would examine his
findings "with great care."
The U.S. case focused on the Internet browser market. Asked
whether the EU intended to launch a similar case in Europe
following the U.S. ruling, Tscherny said it was "far too early
"There is a (U.S.) ruling now, but there are no remedies
yet. We don't know yet what the outcome of this case ultimately
will be," he said.
The Commission announced in February it had begun its own
probe into whether Microsoft's recently launched Windows 2000
operating system broke EU competition rules. Tscherny said on
Tuesday that other cases concerning Microsoft were also being
pursued but declined to give further details.