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 steampoweredlawn on Mon 17th Sep 2007 19:59 UTC
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I could be wrong, but it seems to me the point of the XP and Vista "N" versions wasn't primarily to be sold, but more to force MS to untangle WMP (and eventually possibly IE) from Windows. I think the logic behind the "N" editions is such that MS would likely design the "N" edition first, and then add the other components as separate, removable applications.

It sounds good in theory, but then again so does communism.

EDIT - grammar

Edited 2007-09-17 20:00

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