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: MS should split themselves up
by porcel on Wed 19th Sep 2007 03:08 UTC in reply to "MS should split themselves up"
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

You, MollyC, are so full of shit.

Active Directory represents years of R&D. I will agree with that statement. What you don't clarify is that the R&D was done by people like MIT that designed and wrote kerberos, which Active Directory "nicely" extended so that Microsoft's AD would be slightly incompatible with every other kerberos implementation out there.

And nobody is asking Microsoft to give anything away. Cut the bullshit. 12 of the highest sitting judges in the EU are after reviewing the law and thousands of pages of evidence asking Microsoft to stop abusing its monopoly position.

The remedy they have recommended is that Microsoft document its protocols so that using a Microsoft server does not mean that you have to be forced to use Microsoft clients and viceversa.

If Microsoft's software stands on its merits, they will be able to compete regardless. NFS is well documented as is ssh as are many other protocols and people pick among the implementations those that suit them better.

That is how things are supposed to work. You may wish your favorite corporation to be above the law, but it simply isn't. Want to know why?

Because unregulated markets are black markets where consumers have no rights and no certainty of any outcome. The only ones to benefit in such markets are thieves and scammers.

That's why every part of the market, from the stock exchange to accounting rules are under regulation from, get this, the big bad government.

It's nauseating to keep reading the same rehearsed propaganda that simply fails to stand to any serious scrutiny.

Edited 2007-09-19 03:10

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ssa2204 Member since:
2006-04-22

And you sir are sadly ignorant to what is being asked of a business. Try to be a little more educated and professional about this. Instead you allow blinders of bias towards a business you do not like get in the way of seeing the bigger picture. Quite simply this is not the responsibility of the EU to force Microsoft to open up these technologies. If a company such as IBM, Sun, or Novell wishes to use them, then it is THEIR responsibility to negotiate with Microsoft.

What this ends up being in appearance is more an issue of EU protectionism in action against a US corporation. On the basis of good business practice, I would NOT condone the reversal if the DOJ wanted to require any European company to do the same.

Let me put it in the most simplistic way, if you were CEO of Microsoft and you did what the EU wanted, then you would NOT be CEO for long...

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