Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Jun 2006 21:15 UTC, submitted by brewin
Legal The European Commission is ready to impose a fine of 2m Euros ($2.5m; 1.4m) a day on Microsoft. The Commission is expected to rule that Microsoft has failed to fully implement its 2004 antitrust decision. Under the ruling, Microsoft had to supply rivals with information about its Windows operating system.
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Watch out Microsoft
by Governa on Wed 28th Jun 2006 01:35 UTC
Governa
Member since:
2006-04-09

Building a nice OS. That is ok.
Building a nice OS and then locking it down to avoid any rival company from using the underlying technology to develop apps capable of rival with IE, WMP, WMA, WMV, MSN Mess, MS Office and such is just plain wrong. That hurts small players like Opera, Firefox, AIM, ICQ, Wordperfect, Lotus 1-2-3 just to name a few.

One example, Firewire vs. USB. Microsoft always pushed Firewire support down the drain just because it was developed by Apple.

You can get full support for IEEE 1394a and 1394b on Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and other operating systems, but with the release of SP2 for WinXP, the default speed for all types of firewire is S100 (100 Mbit/second). Having in mind that Firewire400 can transfer data at 400 Mbit/s and Firewire800 can transfer at 800 Mbit/s, this is totally ridiculous by Microsoft.

Microsoft is not evil but its actions are hurting both small software makers and the consumers. We end up paying more and getting less.

This is NOT an Europe vs. USA thing. If you think it is you are being childish.

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v RE: Watch out Microsoft
by Googlesaurus on Wed 28th Jun 2006 05:52 in reply to "Watch out Microsoft"
RE[2]: Watch out Microsoft
by xxmf on Wed 28th Jun 2006 08:36 in reply to "RE: Watch out Microsoft"
xxmf Member since:
2006-06-15

why do you say that - they seem to be doing just fine - unlike the doj who capitulated completely.

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RE[2]: Watch out Microsoft
by r_a_trip on Wed 28th Jun 2006 08:43 in reply to "RE: Watch out Microsoft"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

I consider it a matter of the European Commission grossly over-estimating their ability to exert control over a non-EU based corporation.

This remains to be seen. Microsoft has assets in the EU, which can be seized in the event MS decides to ignore local European laws.

I also wonder why being based in another country than an EU member state exempts you from following European laws. If this were true, I wonder why European companies even put up with United States laws. Since they are not based in the USA, they can safely ignore them following your twisted logic.

May I remember U.S. citizens about the Dmitri Sklyarov case? Sklyarov reverse engineered a DRM-ed e-book format in the former USSR, where this is perfectly legal. Upon landing in the USA, he was arrested and charged under the DMCA. Since when do US laws reach over US borders, making law abiding citizens of a foreign sovereign state criminals under US laws?

At least the EU is charging Microsofts European business in the EU. They are not pursuing them for violations elsewhere.

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