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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1. "WMP should not be part of Windows" is just lame. I want Windows Media Player to be part of Windows. I don't want Windows to become "do-it-yourself-every-little-thing-and-then-some-Linux-like"

MS is using its monopoly position to push "Windows Media" on consumers. They purposely link their media product (their DRM technology) to their established monopoly and exclude all other platforms.
From the Flip4Mac (bought by MS) faq page :

"Can third parties build Windows Media DRM capable clients for the Mac?
Microsoft makes Windows Media DRM technology available for Windows operating systems and many device platforms. At this time, Microsoft has no plans to offer Windows Media DRM support on the Macintosh."

This kind of tying together of products to gain an advantage in a new market is illegal in the EU. This is why WMP, or more correctly the technology behind it, should be unlinked and be interchangeable with technology from other vendors (eg. quicktime or real media, both multiplatform.) Then resellers can bundle the non-ms technology if they so wish.

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gonzo Member since:

Then resellers can bundle the non-ms technology if they so wish.

And since when they can't? Are you serious?

Look at any preconfigured installation from Dell, HP, etc. Those come with tons of preinstalled (non-MS) software.

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Tyr. Member since:

Then resellers can bundle the non-ms technology if they so wish.

And since when they can't? Are you serious?

They couldn't in the past. MS claimed this would interfere with the "Windows experience". Vendors weren't even allowed to install software or place icons on the desktop.

This culminated in court cases, like the Beos case, where MS forbade the vendor (with threat of financial sanctions) to offer a bootmanager by default or to put a desktop icon in windows to reboot into Beos. They had to put a seperate bootfloppy in the box or a paper explaining how to enable dual boot.

They were convicted for this. Learn your history before criticising.
Also do you really think even now MS would allow vendors to take out Windows media (they claim it's impossible) and deliver Windows with Quicktime codecs instead ?

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