Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 22:07 UTC
Microsoft Good as well as bad news for Microsoft on the legal front. Their good news is that a judge has rejected Go Computing's claim that Microsoft used dirty tricks to keep it out of the operating system market. However, their bad news is that an EU committee ruled on Monday that Microsoft failed to comply with a landmark antitrust decision, paving the way for fines of up to 2 million euros a day, a source familiar with the situation said.
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Netscape is old news
by djhayman on Tue 4th Jul 2006 03:49 UTC
djhayman
Member since:
2006-07-04

Yes - Netscape went belly up because Microsoft used nasty business tactics. We all realise that, yes it happened, shame on Microsoft.

I am getting sick of people getting stuck into Microsoft *nowadays* for completely rediculous reasons.

Here's a though for you all:

Windows Media Player doesn't support OGG Vorbis (or QuickTime for that matter). There is no built-in support for viewing PDF files. And there are plenty of other examples...

This means that you *must* install 3rd-party software to play it.

So, in a way, Microsoft is encouraging you to install 3rd-party software to use media that Windows can't natively handle.

Edited 2006-07-04 03:50

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RE: Netscape is old news
by Shkaba on Tue 4th Jul 2006 04:07 in reply to "Netscape is old news"
Shkaba Member since:
2006-06-22

and I am sick of people crying "big bad wolf" regarding possible fines by EU. I guess a bully (MS) ran into a real big bully (EU), and now has to play nice with other kids in the schoolyard. It is just a start though, I am sure more is to follow. As far as MS deliberately breaking compatibilities with other systems, well, that is a well established fact. Nothing wrong with that, in most cases just ended up as failed experiments.

What I can't understand is how some people here (we are supposed to be smart-ish) can say that "MS has complied with the ruling of the case and yet has been fined wrongly". Are they implying that there is no rule of law in EU? That people can arbitrarily decide who is in compliance and who is not? Those people have obviously never had any contact with the outside world, and need to crawl back in the basement of their parents ;-)

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RE[2]: Netscape is old news
by djhayman on Tue 4th Jul 2006 04:10 in reply to "RE: Netscape is old news"
djhayman Member since:
2006-07-04

You mean like how people arbitrarily decide guilty/not guilty when they sit on a jury, irrespective of whether or not they live in their parent's basement?

Edited 2006-07-04 04:10

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RE[2]: Netscape is old news
by hal2k1 on Tue 4th Jul 2006 04:13 in reply to "RE: Netscape is old news"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//As far as MS deliberately breaking compatibilities with other systems, well, that is a well established fact. Nothing wrong with that//

Au contraire, there is everything wrong with that.

This is illegal for a company with a dominant market position. This is what gets them in trouble in the first place.

It is not just "could be illegal" - it IS illegal. It has twice been found so by the highest courts of two major juisdictions. There is no question about it, this is illegal practice.

There is even a nme for it. It is called "anti-trust".

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