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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Misguided EU direction
by ssa2204 on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:47 UTC
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What I find strange is that a media player has been provided with Windows since 3.1, and the "Media Player Classic" that is popular, and the many clones are themselves cloned off of the version that came out with 95. It is not as if companies like Real did not know this. Real did not fail because of bundles software, they failed by putting out an inferior product that contained too much spyware and adware, the fact you had to register. Many people naive to have used their real address soon found themselves SPAMed to hell shortly after. So it is very hard to muster any sympathy and agree that bundling Media player in the OS.

As far as server protocals, it is not unheard of that a company like say Novell or Sun might strike inter operable deals...in fact they have. What was at issue was the EU wanted Microsoft to open up something for free that is not asked of other businesses. If they required cooperation based upon a realistic fee, then this would be understandable. Unfortunately because this is Microsoft at the center, chances are nobody is going to truly consider what is being asked of them. I put it this way, if this was Sun Microsystems (to which I own considerable amount of stock in) I would absolutely be against Sun doing the same thing. Take Microsoft out of the equation and it becomes a different argument all together.

In the end, the EU wanted to go after MS for it's monopoly and just chose the wrong arguments.

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