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[3]: APIs
by dylansmrjones on Mon 17th Sep 2007 20:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: APIs"
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You are not a developer, right?

Your post is so filled with selfcontradicting statements I hardly know where to begin.

But let me take one thing right now: In order for components to be interchangeable they MUST NECESSARILY expose the SAME API! Therefore it will pose NO problem for developers. Interchangeable components require a FIXED API in order to work. This fixed API means that the developers don't have to care about the components in use of the End User's machine. It'll work anyway because the API is identical. Especially with a plug-in structure.

EDIT: Windows supports interchangeable file systems btw.

Edited 2007-09-17 20:33 UTC

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