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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You misunderstand the meaning of "should not be a part of".

It means that WMP should not be a required dependency in Windows, but be optional. It should be completely removable. The same goes for IE.

It doesn't mean that Microsoft cannot deliver a media player, they just cannot make it a hardwired dependency.

Why not? I do not have problems with that and I am a customer.

If you take a closer look, EU did not force Microsoft to make those changes you talk about. They told them to make another Windows (XP N, Vista N) but the "full" version is still there. And nobody wants it - doesn't that tell you something?

The thing is, Microsoft will do that on their own - for security reasons, they already are doing it (Core server, etc).

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dylansmrjones Member since:

Yes, it tells me that no resellers are advertising the N-version. It is completely impossible to find anyone selling it.

Those interested in the N-version has already bought a version of Windows and are not interested in buying a new license. Some of them are using nLite to create a customized version of Windows.

I don't mind Microsoft bundling whatever they want as long as I can remove it. And I'm a customer too (though using Win2K3 Server instead of XP or Vista - though I have licenses for this and that).

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gonzo Member since:

Yes, it tells me that no resellers are advertising the N-version. It is completely impossible to find anyone selling it.

And how is that Microsoft's fault? Because resellers don't want to sell it? Maybe it's because they have no reason (read: $$$) to support 2 different versions when, most likely, first thing Joe Sixpack will ask is: "How do I play my audio and video files? What da hell is this?"

Maybe EU should now compensate Microsoft for expenses thay had to produce extra version (Windows N), version that nobody wants. Not even resellers, as you said.

Hey, why don't you start business selling it and see how well it goes? You seem to think that there is much demand for it.

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