Originally Posted by nathris
Ok, monopolizing is not the same as developing a superior product. The core issue behind this little EU temper tantrum is that some of the core features behind Vista, such as the firewall and windows media player, are built into the operating system to provide increased functionality and security. The EU doesn't like this, since it thinks it has sole control over what an operating system can and can't have *cough*monopolizing*cough*. They are asking Microsoft to remove key features from Vista, essentially making the vanilla package less secure, forcing consumers to pay extra money for 3rd party applications. From Microsoft's point of view its like asking them to remove the taskbar to encourage 3rd party applications from companies like Stardock.
I'm actually siding with MS 100% for once, what the European Union is petty extortion and would be illegal in most other countries. I think that MS needs to go to the US government for support in this one. If the EU wants to extort American companies then the US might as well extort European companies. I would love to see the US fine Ferrari ridiculous amounts of money for making their cars too fast, and demand that they limit the power in order for the North American and Japanese cars to compete.
Might I remind you that the media player issue is the smaller half of the EU antitrust case? That the bigger half was the server interoperability issues and the nearly 6% royalties they were charging for other products to have the ability to interface with their servers? That they didn't fully disclose complete and accurate interface information?
And may I further remind you that Microsoft was found guilty in the United States
for abuse of monopoly powers over very
similar issues, this time the bundling of Internet Explorer into Windows and for altering Windows' APIs to favor IE.
Look into these cases a little more, you might see that theres a bit more going on than you think, or have shown you that you think. Its most definitely not just an "EU temper tantrum and extortion" or "having a superior product."