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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RE: the beginning of the end
by google_ninja on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:51 UTC in reply to "the beginning of the end"
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The whole point of this thing is that by bundling an app with an OS that virtually everyone uses, you pretty much kill the market for that app.

IMHO, this is retarded reasoning, and keeps OS publishers from adding value to their products. If ubuntu was used by 90%+ of the world, would firefox have to go? If apple ever hit those numbers, would iLife have to go? IMHO, force ms to change their installers for upcoming operating systems to allow more customization, and the problem is solved.

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

Agreed, but this is a seperate issue from what was being discussed in this ruling.

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