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 SReilly on Tue 18th Sep 2007 22:46 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: APIs"
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The EC guy wants to bring about what he considers to be a level playing field for competition. He explicitly states that he measures whether the competition playing field is level by measuring marketshare. His theory is one of two things (or both):
1.) If there is a dominant player, then it means that the playing field is not level.
2.) The surest way to bring about a level playing field is to ensure that there's no dominant player.

First of all, it a she, not a he. ;-p

Secondly, if you actually read everything that Ms. Kroes has been saying about this case from the beginning, you will understand that the context is all wrong.

Ms, Kroes does not want to beat MS down because they have 95% market share, she wants to remove that market share because it was obtained via illegal means. If you read up on your governments own economic history, you will find many parallels that obviously have nothing to do with either European or US views on socialism.

Sure, MS took alot away from greedy Unix providers (although there where many DOS publishers at the time) but once MS got a foot hold with Windows, anybody else was specifically disallowed to compete. (By the way, MS ripped off CP/M for DOS, originally developed in the eastern European block during Communism ;-p)

Just take BeOS as an example. OEMs where specifically told to not provide duel boot systems, with both Windows and BeOS installed, or they would lose out on partnership re bait deals. Next, lets look at personal Bill Gates emails leaked on the internet speaking of him wanting to obfuscated the ACPI specifications so that Linux could not use them.

Are you are trying to some how tell me, against all evidence, that MS is not in anyway guilty of abusing they're market position? Certainly not by avoiding the point and definitely not by arguing about something that the US has allot more of then you seem to know about,i.e. socialism. Just check out all the US trade unions that are currently lobbying you government.

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