Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 12th Jul 2006 16:18 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Microsoft The European Commission fined Microsoft 280.5 million euros ($357.3 million) on Wednesday to punish its failure to comply with a landmark 2004 antitrust ruling.
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RE: Goes with gusto. . .
by MollyC on Wed 12th Jul 2006 23:18 UTC in reply to "Goes with gusto. . ."
MollyC
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2006-07-04

"Apparently the EU has a sack while the U.S. DoJ had none, simply politics on the U.S. side."

I disagree. I don't think these fines show that the EU has a "sack", "guts" or anything of the sort. It takes no guts at all to levy a fine. And the EU law allowed for fines that were twice as large as what the EU did come down with.

The fact is, this is a one time hit (may or may not be overturned on appeal), and after next week it will be done with. And your life won't have been made any "better", Microsoft will still be as strong as ever.

Note: The reason I say that Microsoft will be in complance next week is this:
In March, Microsoft met with the EU trustee who, at long last, clarified the requirements of the documentation, and laid down a series of 7 deadlines to meet regarding providing new documentation in accordance with the clarified request. Microsoft has met all 6 deadlines so far; the seventh and last deadline is July 18.

See http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/277023_msfteu10.html.

Oh, and Microsoft has a huge team working on this issue, and they've been staying up all hours on this (sometimes up to 3AM), so the claims that Microsoft is ignoring the requests, acting in bad faith, or whatnot are based on ignornace or are outright lies.

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