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: Silly Argument - the differences
by jabbotts on Tue 18th Sep 2007 13:32 UTC in reply to "Silly Argument"
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Windows bundles non-essencial software in such a way that it can't be uninstalled if the customer chooses to use something else or does not need that function. WMP does not uninstall, nore does IE. They bank on the fact that average users are going to see it and think; "psh, I got a browser, what do I need another for?"

Linux and other repository based OS include a selection of apps for the same function and in most cases outside of liveCDs only sudjest an option while including most other competitors to a specific application.

osX is part of a hardware/software combination so it's really more of an embedded OS rather than the final product. Apple also does not have an over-reaching sway on the average computer users. If they ever grew to be a monopoly power and (here's the key) abused that monopoly power then they would be comparable.

In the case of IE specifically forced Netscape to release it's sorce under the Mozilla project to keep Microsoft from taking over the Internet. Just think, with 90% of the market and IE bundled into Windows95, MS would simply have had to wait a year or two then start into there age old trick of extending protocols to lock out any other browser and before the common folk know it.. we're all connecting through or ISP to the MS-Internet 1.5. You think Exchange Server protocols are a pain, consider the what-if of MS-TCP/IP.

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