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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the beginning of the end
by SReilly on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:58 UTC
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...for MS's virtual monopoly has been in the pipe lines for a long time coming. Ever since the US anti-trust ruling, more and more countries are starting to question they're dependence on one software company for most of they're desktop software needs.

I'm glad the EU has been able to uphold it's findings in court and sue MS for obvious dirty business practices, but the hard part starts now. To get MS to start playing fair, it's not enough to give them a slap on the wrist, you need to force them to do it, i.e. force them to open up they're specifications and protocols.

We don't need Windows without media player, that's just stupid. What we need is free and open documentation on all they're proprietary protocols, and we need MS to include out of the box support for open file standards, like OGG and ODF.

What the EU should have done, in this case at least, was put some serious thought into how MS is holding on to it's virtual monopoly and force them to comply with mesures that undermine those unfair advantages. Getting MS to release a version of Windows without Mediaplayer helps no one.

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