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]: Heres hoping
by MollyC on Tue 18th Sep 2007 06:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Heres hoping"
MollyC
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2006-07-04

"I don't know about Vista, but XP already has the "Program Access and Defaults" control panel, that provides a central place where the user can choose the default media player, web browser, email client, IM client, and JVM. And besides merely altering the default programs for these areas, the same control panel can even be used to block all access to Microsoft's own offerings in these areas. And OEMs can ship there systems using whatever default programs they want to use. (OEMs can't remove undrlying DLLs, nor does this control panel allow such an action, since those DLLs provide part of the Windows API. )"

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I see the kiddies are out in force modding down anything they don't like again. LOL Can someone tell me just ONE legit reason that the above was modded down? And no, that it goes against the "I Hate Microsoft" groupthink is NOT a legit reason. Same thing goes for my other posts in this thread that were modded down. Either counter what you disagree with or keep your mouth shut. But don't mod down for no legit reason.

IMO, the mod-abuse around here has skyrocketed since the moderation changes took effect, with inane one-line comments getting modded up to 20+, and other legit posts getting modded down to 0 and below. I think OSNews should consider getting rid of moderation altogether if it's going to be abused so much. Just my 2 cents.

On second thought, just leave it as is.

Edited 2007-09-18 06:32

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RE[3]: Heres hoping
by lemur2 on Tue 18th Sep 2007 06:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Heres hoping"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

LOL Can someone tell me just ONE legit reason that the above was modded down?


I can't speak to the "modding down" comment, because I agree with you. Modding down an opposing opinion is just silly, IMO.

OEMs can't remove undrlying DLLs, nor does this control panel allow such an action, since those DLLs provide part of the Windows API.


I can however offer a comment to this observation. There is no reason why the dlls in question should be irremovable, other than the fact that Microsoft made it so, to tie IE and WMP functionality to the core of the OS.

Microsoft already got into trouble for this bundling before, in the US anti-trust case. Just because MS did a deal with US administration to escape punishment for it does not mean that the illegal bundling was made legal.

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