Microsoft will comply with the European Commission's demands that it makes changes to prevent its unfair domination of the Media Player market.

The European Commission says Microsoft is using the ubiquity of Windows to help it unfairly dominate the media player market, which the company denies. Company general counsel Brad Smith will tell the Commission that it will comply with the EC's demands for changes to its Windows operating systems.

Microsoft must offer a version of Windows without Windows Media Player (WMP) software - if Smith fails in his attempt to convince Europe's Court of First Instance to suspend these measures.

In an argument against Europe, Smith said: "The Commission says Linux would disappear" if Microsoft did not grant access to its documentation. "But Linux is alive and well," Smith said, "and I don't know any person at Linux or any Linux programmers who share the Commission's view."

"We will be prepared to comply with the court order whatever it is," he nonetheless added.

"Unbundling Media Player would be a victory for consumers and competitors," one Brussels lawyer said. "It would force Microsoft to compete based on the merits of its software."