Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2008 23:16 UTC, submitted by Tanked
Legal The European Commission is launching two new anti-competition investigations against US computer giant Microsoft. The first will look at whether Microsoft unfairly ties its Explorer internet browser to its Windows operating system. In the parallel investigation, the Commission will look at the interoperability of Microsoft software with rival products. Note: Remember the OSNews comic? Here is a new comic, which, for now, is attached to the story it relates to. We are working on a separate section for the comic, but until that is done, I will sporadically publish comics this way. I have a whole stack of comics ready for when that section goes live - and you can see the name for the comic too, if you look "closely". Enjoy the new comic, titled "Hawaii".
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RE[5]: IE In Explorer?
by phoudoin on Wed 16th Jan 2008 16:27 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: IE In Explorer?"
phoudoin
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2006-06-09

Investigations cost money and time for Microsoft. The EU is a governmental organization, so their actions are paid for by the taxpayers in their country and are controlled indirectly by these taxpayers, but Microsoft's operations are funded by the customers and any profits or value derived therefrom belong to the shareholders of the company. Who is going to compensate the customers or the shareholders for the costs of the investigation?


Nobody. Because these costs comes from Microsoft monopolistic abusive behavior.

Abusing their monopolistic position allow Microsoft's shareholders (but not their customers, ironically) to earn more market-share and so more money than if they had play by the rules.

Shareholders should have known better. They couldn't escape rules forever. Play by the rules have costs indeed, they try to ignore them, but instead they just offset them.

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