Day 5 of Microsoft hearing

Microsoft lawyer Ian Forrester today argued that the bundling of Windows Media Player with the Windows operating system was part of a natural evolution, adding that Microsoft’s competitor Apple did the same with its software.

Mr Forrester asked the Court to nullify or significantly reduce the fine.

Commission lawyer Mr Whelan argued that Microsoft had violated antitrust rules because of a "double lock on the personal computer market", by controlling both the desktop and the server market.

Today was the fifth and final day of the Microsoft hearing, although diaries had also been cleared for tomorrow in case the hearing would have taken longer than expected.