Originally Posted by Rookie1337
So...the factors of the case are that MS did something back when it was powerful and now that it's lost much of it's power position and the EU is finally feeling they won't be "punished" by MS for going against MS they'll "punish" MS for something it did in the past? Wow. Just wow. I dislike MS but I have no sympathy for a bunch of politicians and consumers that didn't like they choices they made in the past (supporting MS by purchasing Windows) when they could have done something about it at that time. MS did anticompetitive practices because the market didn't care. It's a little late to claim the moral ground now.
What? No, the case took 10 years to solve. Not buying Windows hasn't been much of a choice for many people. 13 years ago Apple were nothing and Linux was not a viable alternative to Windows.
It's not at alla case of "we don't like what you did then so we're doing ti now" it literally took 9-10 years to finish the case.
And MS did anti-competitive things because they could. The market didn't know about them. The market isn't expected to be able to peer into the inner-workings of the Windows 88 OS and figure out that they were intentionally fudging things for other browsers. Nor was the market supposed ot know that OEM's were being strong armed... Neither were any strong armed OEM's within the ability to refuse the blackmailing form MS and continue doing business.
Here's the deal.
MS were being anti-competitive. In 1999 a complaint was lodged in the US and EU courts.
For the EU, it took 10 years to finish, MS was fined heavily and ordered to create the browser choice screen. MS agreed. Paid the fine.
In Windows 7 SP1, they removed the screen and took months to put it back. In Windows 8 they took less time, but still shipped without it. This breaches their agreement with the courts, and finds them in contempt of court (I believe). Therefore they're being fined again this month.