Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:17 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Legal Microsoft suffered a stunning defeat on Monday when a European Union court backed a European Commission ruling that the US software giant illegally abused its market power to crush competitors. The European Union's second-highest court dismissed the company's appeal on all substantive points of the 2004 antitrustruling. The court said Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice. The verdict, which may be appealed only on points of law and not of fact, could force Microsoft to change its business practices.
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by kaiwai on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:37 UTC in reply to "RE"
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This reminds me of the whole OJ Simpson trial; it seems that given the current situation he is in, Karma has come back to bite him on the behind.

Its interesting how the universe happens to balance things out; Farwell spews vile hatred against gays and he dies of pneumonia.

They are not going to change their ways, end of. People should be used to the idea, and be thinking about alternatives, one way or another.


The unfortunate thing is, vendors like Adobe, Quicken, and MYOB lock the customers into Windows by their refusal to either port or even work with wine to get their application working with *NIX in a stable manner.

I can assure you, if every software company said tomorrow they're going to create a *NIX version of their application, there would be a mass exodus from Windows - that is the only thing holding people to Windows, application availability. Its the only thing Windows actually has going for it; it certainly doesn't have any advantage in any other areas.

What I would have loved to see with this ruling was FORCING Microsoft to GIVE AWAY their technology specifications free of charge - no royalties, no NDA's, everything disclosed and out in the open. When it is changed in Windows, the specification is updated within 24 hours of the change within Windows.

Its unfortunate that regulators don't get it. If you want Microsoft to do something, you need to explicitly state EVERYTHING you want them to do; you can't make assumptions that they'll do something - if you do, they'll try to weasel out of it. You need to explicitly state what they must do to comply. If that means a 10,000 page book, then so be it.

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