Day 2 of Microsoft hearing

At the Microsoft hearing, the Grand Chamber of the Court of First Instance today cross-examined lawyers of both parties, putting to them critical questions based on their testimonies given yesterday. Questioning was led by Irish judge John D. Cooke, who will write the court's draft judgment.

Mr. Cooke said today that one of the main issues the court would examine was whether Microsoft had bundled the media software into the Windows operating system as part of a deliberate market strategy.

He therefore began today’s hearing by questioning Microsoft on this point, asking whether Windows Media Player should be defined as part of the Windows operating system or as a separate application. Microsoft Senior Vice President
Will Poole managed to arouse some laughter from the judges when replying that if Microsoft would today define Windows applications, it would do so differently.

But Mr. Cooke also posed some critical questions to the Commission’s lawyer Per Hellstrom, questioning the Commission’s claim that Microsoft's action was abusive. Mr Hellstrom had to admit that the decision of the Commission had had no real impact. As mentioned yesterday, not one PC manufacturer decided to manufacture a Personal Computer with the Windows XP Edition N installed. PC’s with Windows pre-installed count for some 90% of Microsoft’s Windows sales.