Red Hat Statement in Response to European Commission Ruling Finding Microsoft Practices to be Anticompetitive

Today the European Commission announced fines and sanctions to be imposed upon Microsoft Corporation intended to penalize Microsoft for past anticompetitive practices and to attempt to stem such practices in the future. Only time will tell whether the Commission's actions will have the desired effect.

These actions by the European Commission were prompted by behavior that runs counter to Red Hat's mission. As society becomes increasingly dependent on the flow of information from the smallest handheld devices to the largest computing systems, Red Hat's mission is to deliver high value, low cost solutions and choice to its customers. By adopting open standards, utilizing open formats, and driving for interoperability built on an open source architecture, Red Hat believes it can maximize the overall customer experience and enhance information flow. Today's announcement reflects a recognition that consumer choice must be paramount, and Red Hat intends to continue delivering that choice.