Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2009 11:56 UTC
Internet & Networking Earlier this month, news got out that the European Commission is charging Microsoft with unlawful competition regarding its bundling of the Internet Explorer web bowser with Windows. At the time, information was scarce, but thanks to Microsoft's quarterly filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission. we now have a little more insight into what the EU might force Microsoft to do.
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RE[2]: Better measures
by lemur2 on Tue 27th Jan 2009 05:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Better measures"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

Why? What would it accomplish? Should the OEM contract pricing for intel processors, nvidia chipsets, Seagate hard drives, and every other manufacturer component possible, be made public as well?


There is a reasonable suspicion in the netbook market that Microsoft is subsidising OEMs for the installation of XP in order to drive out Linux from the market. (I would be interested to hear of any netbook where one can get the exact same model hardware-wise with either Linux or XP installed as an option, and what the price difference is).

If true, that would amount to dumping or price collusion (depending on what exactly was done). These are illegal anti-competitive practices in most countries, for any company, let alone a monopoly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumping_(pricing_policy)

Edited 2009-01-27 05:32 UTC

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RE[3]: Better measures
by shiva on Tue 27th Jan 2009 13:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Better measures"
shiva Member since:
2007-01-24

Yes. I think Intel did the same illegal dumping against AMD in the past. It is inquestionable the near monopoly of Windows + Intel.

Public and non-discriminatory prices are legal and should be forced by the EU, EUA and all the other countries.

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