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]: Heres hoping
by lemur2 on Tue 18th Sep 2007 06:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Heres hoping"
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LOL Can someone tell me just ONE legit reason that the above was modded down?

I can't speak to the "modding down" comment, because I agree with you. Modding down an opposing opinion is just silly, IMO.

OEMs can't remove undrlying DLLs, nor does this control panel allow such an action, since those DLLs provide part of the Windows API.

I can however offer a comment to this observation. There is no reason why the dlls in question should be irremovable, other than the fact that Microsoft made it so, to tie IE and WMP functionality to the core of the OS.

Microsoft already got into trouble for this bundling before, in the US anti-trust case. Just because MS did a deal with US administration to escape punishment for it does not mean that the illegal bundling was made legal.

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