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Long-awaited verdict will influence the future shape of the software industry and be a reference point for future antitrust cases


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The European Court of First Instance will give its long-awaited verdict in Microsoft's antitrust appeal on Sept. 17, people involved in the matter said Tuesday.

It is by far the biggest antitrust case ever referred to the European Union's second highest court. The outcome of the appeal, which will have taken more than three years, will influence the future shape of the software industry and be a reference point for future antitrust cases, especially those in the fast-changing world of information technology.

The European Commission ruled in 2004 that Microsoft had abused the dominant position of its Windows OS to muscle in on other sectors of the software market.

By bundling Windows Media Player, its audio and video playing software, into Windows, Microsoft competed unfairly against rivals such as RealNetworks and Apple, the Commission ruled. And by failing to share technical information about how to interoperate with Windows PCs, Microsoft managed to steal a march in the market for low-end server operating systems...

http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/...-appeal_1.html
 

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meh. M$ shouldn't be sued for including WMP. what about OS X? in that case if they applied the same critisizm to apple then it would be out of business by now LOL
 

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meh. M$ shouldn't be sued for including WMP. what about OS X? in that case if they applied the same critisizm to apple then it would be out of business by now LOL

Agreed.

But what of this

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failing to share technical information about how to interoperate with Windows PCs

THAT, is to be frowned on.
But thats Microsoft for you.

boo
 
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I'm really not seeing the big deal here... :/

(Its bad that whenever I see EU, I think of 2142...play it too much)

 

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Doesn't apple put itunes and a whole bunch of programs into OSX? Are they to be sued next?
 

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Doesn't apple put itunes and a whole bunch of programs into OSX? Are they to be sued next?

Oh no, Apple isn't going to be sued because the EU knows they won't get any money out of them. Really now, do you think they care about anything else? Ah well, Microsoft will just take the fine and laugh in their faces.
 

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Oh no, Apple isn't going to be sued because the EU knows they won't get any money out of them. Really now, do you think they care about anything else? Ah well, Microsoft will just take the fine and laugh in their faces.

Apple has cash? What are you talking about? Sure not as much as M$ but the EU can still make money.
 

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Oh no, Apple isn't going to be sued because the EU knows they won't get any money out of them. Really now, do you think they care about anything else?

well after the american dollar has came back up so high compared to the euro.... they need that "funding" to keep their currency value higher...
 

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well after the american dollar has came back up so high compared to the euro.... they need that "funding" to keep their currency value higher...


*Adjusts OCN sarcasm bell*

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