Microsoft's first step will be to publish a Web site on Wednesday offering competitors access to communications protocols specified by the Commission.
Microsoft will also begin distributing a version of Windows without an integrated media player to EU PC manufacturers. Using this software, manufacturers could choose to offer PCs without any media player, or possibly incorporate media players from competitors such as Apple Computer Inc. or RealNetworks Inc.
However, Microsoft is keeping the option open to make a further appeal with the European Court of Justice. If it wishes to do so, it must do so within the next two months. That is Microsoft's only hope now of reversing these decisions.