Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:17 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Legal Microsoft suffered a stunning defeat on Monday when a European Union court backed a European Commission ruling that the US software giant illegally abused its market power to crush competitors. The European Union's second-highest court dismissed the company's appeal on all substantive points of the 2004 antitrustruling. The court said Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice. The verdict, which may be appealed only on points of law and not of fact, could force Microsoft to change its business practices.
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Cue the Apologists ...
by PLan on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:43 UTC
PLan
Member since:
2006-01-10

The BBC comments section was full of Microsoft apologists, which I found surprising. I sort of expected the USian anti-EU bigots, but was unprepared for how many UK citizens seemed to be whinging about the ruling (though I kind of suspect that many of them don't know much about Microsoft, the case, or IT in general).

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RE: Cue the Apologists ...
by Spellcheck on Mon 17th Sep 2007 23:49 in reply to "Cue the Apologists ..."
Spellcheck Member since:
2007-01-20

If they were doing it for political purposes, they were British anti-EU "bigots" if anything (hey! maybe they have the right to express their opinion or even be sovereign). But maybe it's just a tiring and pointless decision.

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RE[2]: Cue the Apologists ...
by raver31 on Tue 18th Sep 2007 06:24 in reply to "RE: Cue the Apologists ..."
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

No, it is simply the "bebo generation" making themselves heard.

These peoples first computer was XP and they think Windows IS the computer.

I do not blame them, they know no better. Instead of arguing with them, we should show them alternatives.

I don't mean sending them links, but by actively going out, sitting them down and showing them the pluses and minuses of the alternatives out there.

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