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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Too little, too late
by DevL on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:29 UTC
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As if Microsoft wil lever open up its formats and protocols. And the fine, that's pocket change given that Microsoft have been dragging this issue through the courts for years and years while maintaining its monopoly.

An AT&T-style breakup had been the way to go. A Windows company, an Office company, and a systems (Xbox et al) company.

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