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[2]: the beginning of the end
by SReilly on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:33 UTC in reply to "RE: the beginning of the end"
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2006-12-28

Agreed, but this is a seperate issue from what was being discussed in this ruling.

Actually, it isn't
From the article -

More importantly, it endorsed Commission sanctions against Microsoft's tying together of software and refusal to give rival makers of office servers information to enable their products to work smoothly with Windows, used by 95 percent of computers.

The problem of interoperability has been stated as one of the main anticompetitive levers MS use to limit customer choice.

The EU is well aware of MS's unwillingness to allow competitors an even playing field but instead of ordering MS to release they're specs for free, which would allow anybody to write replacement systems, they order MS to choose competitors they want to work with.

The only thing the EU has done is to allow MS to pick and choose who gets to join the party. Considering MS's past behavior, I don't think they should be allowed to make that choice. It just opens the door to more favourism and anti competitive behavior.

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