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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Bundled Apps Uninstallation
by powderblue on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:27 UTC
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So if this is about Microsoft not making it possible to uninstall apps in Windows as some of you say then why doesn't the silly EU just come out and say that instead of beating around the bush and making people think that they're saying Microsoft can't bundle any apps at all. It would clear up a lot of confusion. If that is the case then I agree that Microsoft should be punished and forced to change it practices.

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dylansmrjones Member since:

EU is saying that. That's why Microsoft is allowed to distribute a version of Windows with WMP.

Because Microsoft also ships a version with WMP disabled (I don't think it's actually removed as such - just made inaccessible, AFAIK).

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dmantione Member since:

They did remove WMP. The EU wanted all middleware removed (codecs, directshow) and gave a list of files that were not allowed in XP-N. Yes, Microsoft has claimed it was impossible, but it turned out to be easy for them.

Edited 2007-09-17 16:46

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