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: MS should split themselves up
by ssa2204 on Tue 18th Sep 2007 19:16 UTC in reply to "MS should split themselves up"
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Sorry, but on the principle of operating a business I think this method is wholly inappropriate and unnecessary. Personally I do not see where it is in the interest of either EU or US law to force a company to license out or open up technologies at a non-negotiated price. If Sun or Novell wants to mimic Active Directory, then it is up to them to clearly approach Microsoft and pay for it. Better still, why not come up with a competing form of technology that rivals Active Directory and bring that to the market...kind of the way things are suppose to work.

If these companies decide that they do not wish to invest in either developing their own, or licensing then it is their responsibility all together whether they gain or lose market share.

But forcing a company to do something that is against all sane business practices does not help the EU market. What it does signal is that the EU is just not a good place to invest in. Now is that good for the consumer? Frankly one needs to question whether the EU is looking more at protectionist practices here to harm a US company as they have done way too many times in the past 10 years.

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