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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APIs
by Myrd on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:04 UTC
Myrd
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2006-01-05

So... what about programs that play Video through video APIs, or programs that display HTML through html APIs?

If these components can be uninstalled, then those apps need to add extra code to check if this stuff is available, and tell users to re-install it if not - which would be annoying for both developers and users.

Oh? You say they should leave the functionality there, in DLLs and such, and just uninstall the actual apps? But then you're just uninstalling a tiny shell around the big component... It doesn't really do anything except save a tiny amount of space on your drive...

However, the OS should be configurable to set different applications as the defaults for different actions, such as watching movies or browsing. And all protocols should be documented...

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