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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Silly Argument
by powderblue on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:43 UTC
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I'm no Microsoft fan but I think this whole argument is silly. Microsoft should be able to bundle whatever apps they want with their operating system. What they shouldn't be able to do is make it so their apps can't be uninstalled or other apps set as the default app for a task. I don't really see where they are differentiating in the ruling between the two. It's like they are just saying Microsoft shouldn't be able to bundle any apps at all. Apple does it and Linux distros do it so what is the problem. What Microsft should be heard accountable for is not providing a way to uninstall their apps that you don't want. I still think to this day that their is no way to uninstall Windows Movie Maker at least in XP.

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