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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RE: As you might expect
by LB06 on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:05 UTC in reply to "As you might expect"
LB06
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2005-07-06

The most important issue is not mentioned in the article: it's not really a problem that Microsoft bundles software; everyone does that. Even the fact that something cannot be removed does not have to be a problem, persť. The big problem with Microsoft is that it is abusing its monopoly on the desktop to gain monopoly in other area's such as the world of media players and servers, for example.

Here's the press release: http://curia.europa.eu/en/actu/communiques/cp07/aff/cp070063en.pdf

Edited 2007-09-17 16:13

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RE[2]: As you might expect
by anda_skoa on Mon 17th Sep 2007 19:17 in reply to "RE: As you might expect"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

The big problem with Microsoft is that it is abusing its monopoly on the desktop to gain monopoly in other area's such as the world of media players and servers, for example.


Exactly!

And as expected, the spinmeisters neatly ignore the real problem but instead focus on the bundling detail.

This results in less informed people to see just the arguments about media players and browser instead of learning about the issues that for example media server technology providers have run into because not being treated equally by the default media player.

I wish that instead of requesting a separate player-less bundle such rulings would request having competing client side technology equally bundled, i.e. all currently available codec being equally pre-installed or equally available through automatic download.

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