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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"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. "

Does XP-N really lack the DirectShow api? A lot of apps rely on that API. That's like Apple removing the QuickTime api from Mac OS and OSX. I know in my Mac programming days we did make use of the QuickTime API, and relied on the fact that it was built-in. If a Mac user removes the QuickTime subsystem, he'll find lots of thinks break.

My point is, whlie removing DirecShow might not be technically "impossible", it is "impossible" from a practical standpoint, since there are apps that rely on it. Same with any other OS API. Do we really want to get into the business where big government decides what APIs and OS can support?

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Does XP-N really lack the DirectShow api?

Why would it lack any API?

Come on, I have read plenty of your postings and you do understand the differences between API and the API's implementation, especially when the API's functionality is basically plugin based.

Not shipping certain implementations does not imply not shipping the respective API. Microsoft's developers are not stupid.

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