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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Well deserved.
by siki_miki on Wed 28th Jun 2006 11:18 UTC
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Microsoft expectedly ignored the ruling and tried everything to prevent it from become effective. We've seen it already in the US and back then questionably-elected G.W. Bush saved their skin.

It's old news that Microsoft's main strategy is to play dirty: jealously keeping secret all information valuable for interoperability, while they retain their monopoly in the area. Not that other compaines are different: Adobe recently (successfully) threatened Microsoft about the PDF support in MSOffice - but Microsoft is certainly amoung the worst ones out there.

MS's main strategy was historically to claim that only their products are reliable and "certified" to interoperate correctly with other MS products. They will have to change that attitude now (if they don't want to keep paying a billion per year to EU).

Albeit the decision came too late. Many of their protocols and API's are already reverse engineered and remiplemented. Nevertheless, official documentation can only be a plus, because lot's of information about MS proprietary stuff is still unknown.

Samba, MSN-clients, probably Wine, Mono, ReactOS, NTFS-linux and a few Office suits, as well as (hopefully) various interoperability tools for enterprise stuff like Exchange, MSKerberos, AD, will likely gain a big boost.

Edited 2006-06-28 11:38

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