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[2]: Too little, too late
by PlatformAgnostic on Mon 17th Sep 2007 23:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Too little, too late"
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Not to mention the real loss in the AT&T tragedy: Bell Labs. What used to be the premier corporate research group in the world, which gave us such inventions as the transistor and the C compiler, is now reduced to patent-trolling with the MP3 patents.

Most of you folks do not pay much attention to the work done by MSR, and it is still a young organization, but they have done work which fundamentally enhances computer science (from natural language processing to abstract mathematics). This would be lost if Microsoft were to be split.

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