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: Silly Argument
by dsmogor on Tue 18th Sep 2007 09:00 UTC in reply to "Silly Argument"
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It's the bundling that's the major problem and has done most damage to the bundling.
By having shortcircuit access to customers on internet MS media technologies practically ousted competitors from the market. The most devastation happens in the media delivery industry when royalties payed for codecs became another MS tax. Thinking they are not eventually pushed to you as a customer is simply naive.
Bundling WNP (5,6 years ago, now it's much too late for reversing the damage), blocked a possibility for establishing healthy competitive market for online media. The likely result of that competition would be establishment of cheap, unencumbered and good enough media technology (Hell, now we have completely free codecs) that would be platform agnostic.
The only solution now seems to be slapping MS hard enough to make them think twice before trying this trick again with some other technology.

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