Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Mar 2006 18:10 UTC, submitted by helgegrimm
Windows The European Commission said on Wednesday it told Microsoft that it had competition worries about the firm's new operating system, Vista, another antitrust concern that the software giant must answer in Europe. "We are concerned about the possibility that the next Vista operating system will include various elements which are currently available separately from Microsoft or other companies," Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said. More here. My take: Enough already. Seriously.
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Antitrust and what it means
by Splinter on Wed 29th Mar 2006 21:51 UTC
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The antitrust laws in the US and the EU are all about preventing a company that has a monopoly in one area, using that to gain market share or market control in an other area.

Microsoft has been found guilty of that in both continents. The US ruled they used there desktop install base to remove control the Internet Browser market. The did this by bundling for free a product that used to be paid for by the OEM or consumer from another company. They then wrote financial contracts with OEM companies to encourage them not to included the competitors products.

In the EU they were accused of reducing or attempting to reduce the market share of other media players and providers by the way they enhanced the media player to be a complete entertainment program like 3rd party applications that were previously purchased seperatly.

Now they plan to do the same to the Virus and firewall market.

These laws exist for two reasons:
1. To ensure competition can exist and provide better products to the consumer (note afte MS controlled the browser no significant advances were made for over 5 years)
2. To ensure smaller companies can remian viable against fair competition (Netscape, Real Networks, Zone Labs, Mcafee AV)

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RE: Antitrust and what it means
by sappyvcv on Thu 30th Mar 2006 06:24 in reply to "Antitrust and what it means"
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The US ruled they used there desktop install base to remove control the Internet Browser market.

I'm getting tired of having to repeat this, but...
That was ruled void by a later court. The ruling giving by the judge is actually a very very good read. I'll try to find it again if you'd like.

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dylansmrjones Member since:

The link for the second ruling is? ;)

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