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"Apparently the EU has a sack while the U.S. DoJ had none, simply politics on the U.S. side."
I disagree. I don't think these fines show that the EU has a "sack", "guts" or anything of the sort. It takes no guts at all to levy a fine. And the EU law allowed for fines that were twice as large as what the EU did come down with.
The fact is, this is a one time hit (may or may not be overturned on appeal), and after next week it will be done with. And your life won't have been made any "better", Microsoft will still be as strong as ever.
Note: The reason I say that Microsoft will be in complance next week is this:
In March, Microsoft met with the EU trustee who, at long last, clarified the requirements of the documentation, and laid down a series of 7 deadlines to meet regarding providing new documentation in accordance with the clarified request. Microsoft has met all 6 deadlines so far; the seventh and last deadline is July 18.
Oh, and Microsoft has a huge team working on this issue, and they've been staying up all hours on this (sometimes up to 3AM), so the claims that Microsoft is ignoring the requests, acting in bad faith, or whatnot are based on ignornace or are outright lies.
Microsoft say they have complied and are following what they where ordered to do , up to now.
The judge say otherwise and fine them some more amd say they are making progress compared to before , nut have not yet fully complied..
The independant verificator say they have not fully complied with what they where asked and ordered by the court to do.
I dont think Microsoft get it that what they gave before is not what they where asked to give and it dont make them in compliance with the court and punishment they received.
In 5 days we will know. Yhey are a global company who have people in all the time zone , if they whant to risk it by not putting everyone on this , its there choice and it will be there punishment to face.
Microsoft dont get to cherry pick what they can comply with and when. Its the law , follow it or face the consequence.