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 Kroc on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:02 UTC in reply to "RE"
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Whilst Application support isn't perfect on all alternatives, it is still adequate for the largest portion of users, including power users like myself.

If there's one universal rule of life, it's that no matter what problem you have, as soon as you discuss it, somebody else has had a lot worse. The same can be said of switching platforms:

When coming up with reasons to not leave Windows, people should bear in mind:
* There are many people that have switched who used to use precisely the same application set as you - you are not the only person who uses those applications, remember.

* There are alternatives and entirely different paths you can take for tasks that tie you to Windows. I gave up on VB6 and ASP, and learnt PHP. There is always someone else out there who has tried harder than you to switch and done it successfully. Excuses are one thing, reasons are another.

* I did it. It's not impossible. You just have to wake up and smell the coffee, and start taking baby steps away from Microsoft. If you're using a pirate copy of Office, get Open Office, or any alternative. If you use Windows only technologies, use your spare time to start learning cross-platform technologies so that you can one day shift OSes without affecting your work.

In this day and age "Application X isn't available on Platform Y" isn't a reason anymore. You can virtualise Windows on any other platform, and then learn new alternatives entirely - and the last, most important part:

* You will be better off.

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