Microsoft’s lawyers disagree, however, and entered a variety of arguments
last May that the fine is too high, and was entered based upon “manifest
errors” in the EU’s process. With copies of the arguments released
publicly earlier this week (PDF), its demands to annul the fine are now
available for perusal worldwide:
Additionally, Microsoft previously
appealed the fine to Europe’s Court of First Instance last May – however
little has developed in the appeal since its filing.
The company’s trouble began in 2004 when the EU demanded Microsoft provide
competitors the ability to connect to software running under its Windows
platform (applications like Exchange and Active Directory). Third-party attempts
to connect to Microsoft technologies have, typically, been written by reverse
engineering the company’s communications protocols.
quote: You get stopped for speeding, doing 50 in a 30 zone and you get a fine. Afterwards you get pulled over a other couple of times for doing 40 in the same zone afterwards you have to come for a judge and he takes away your license (read the 1.4B fine) and you start arguing yeah but 40 is a real safe speed there this is bogus (read MS dint wane comply) do you find it strange that in the end a judge gives suds a penalty because you wont wane hear to reason ?
quote: I have seen a intervieuw whit Neelie Kroes the EU Competition Commissioner, in that interview she was saying that in her hole life she never came a crosses a company, that tried to stall, wiggle, BS its way out of complying whit the rules.