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 hollovoid on Tue 18th Sep 2007 13:58 UTC
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But can anybody honestly say they had a huge issue with IE and Media player being part of windows before the antitrust trials began? I just think its interesting, that with a search on the internet archive its almost as if the issue didnt exist before. then everybody chimed in like they just learned how to talk.

Nearly ever application/os ever made includes a feature or program for which an alternative exists. Microsoft is by no means an angel, and has bullied its way into exorbitant profits, but level the playing field, make ALL companies work on interoperability, make ALL companies give options for every single "feature" they want to include, otherwise this case just looks like the witchhunt that never ends.

This should never have been alowed to drag on as long as it has, the costs have been astronomical, and in the end, this will not hurt microsoft as much as people think it will. The court systems are to blame for thier use of power at this point, they are legally impotent and have let microsoft prove this time and time again. I used to see them as villians of the software world, but can you blame them for exploiting the US and EU's lack of resolve? ANY board of directors would make the same decision if they wanted to keep thier job.

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