Whatever happens to Microsoft in the US Department of Justice’s antitrust case will not necessarily meet the requirements of the European Commission (EC), a senior European Union official, told IDG News Service today.

"I cannot imagine for one second that the Commission will simply submit to the dismantling solution for Microsoft, decided in the US," said the official, who asked not to be identified.

Although many of the European and US concerns over Microsoft are the same, "solutions will have to be examined", he said.

In fact, over the last four months, the Commission's services have been working out the conditions that Microsoft will have to meet in the EU. The Commission is concerned about the abuse of the software company's dominant market position, the official said. He declined to provide any details.

Despite its concerns, the Commission has tended to take something of a backseat attitude toward the US in the ongoing Microsoft investigations. However, previous reluctance to take a stance does not mean that the EC will continue to follow the US when it comes to remedies in the case.