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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farce
by J.R. on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:51 UTC
J.R.
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2007-07-25

Although I am sure Microsoft have tried to lock in users, I personally would prefer to get an OS with a media player installed. However, whats worrying me the most is the fact that the ruling is made by the same people that were leading the case against Microsoft...and both parties gets paid by EU who happens to get like 500 million dollars as a result... Although I don't trust Microsoft, I don't trust EU either.

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RE: farce
by jwwf on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:06 in reply to "farce"
jwwf Member since:
2006-01-19

Although I am sure Microsoft have tried to lock in users, I personally would prefer to get an OS with a media player installed. However, whats worrying me the most is the fact that the ruling is made by the same people that were leading the case against Microsoft...and both parties gets paid by EU who happens to get like 500 million dollars as a result... Although I don't trust Microsoft, I don't trust EU either.

It makes sense to relate product pricing in various countries to the cost of doing business in those countries. I wonder how long it will take MS to pass this cost down to EU buyers? (directly or indirectly--even if directly passing it on is not allowed, there are lots of ways to raise overall costs)

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RE[2]: farce
by dylansmrjones on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:42 in reply to "RE: farce"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Considering the prices of Vista customers are already paying for it.

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RE: farce
by Jokel on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:11 in reply to "farce"
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2006-06-01

You say: "Although I don't trust Microsoft, I don't trust EU either."

I think I trust the EU more than I do trust Microsoft, thank you!

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RE[2]: farce
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:13 in reply to "RE: farce"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I think I trust the EU more than I do trust Microsoft, thank you!


A big company, or politicians (European ones, at that!). Speaking of between a rock and a hard place.

Edited 2007-09-17 17:13 UTC

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