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Microsoft is not happy

Operating system giant Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) became the first high profile victim of aggressive European Union antitrust enforcement (but it would not be the last).  Slapped with almost $2B USD in fines, the company was lashed for browser bundling and other tactics viewed by the European Commission regulators as anticompetitive.

Microsoft appealed the fine, but the results were less than what it was hoping for.  The appeals body -- the General Court of the European Union announced [PDF] this week its decision to cut the €899M fine to a mere €860M ($1.1B USD), a reduction of €39 (~$48M USD).

A Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters it was "disappointed with the court's ruling."

With the appeals exhausted, it now appears Microsoft will have to pay up to preserve the billions in yearly business it gets from the EU.  The ruling is the latest setback for Microsoft in Europe.  

The company has suffered from plenty of bad PR in Europe in the wake of UK court proceedings which detailed a sexual harassment by managers.  The incident led to several resignations and several civil suits, placing Microsoft squarely in the crosshairs of the EU state's active tabloid industry.

Sources: General Court of the EU [PDF], Reuters

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RE: I think I fugred it out...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/28/2012 8:19:55 AM , Rating: 2
They did wrong, they know it

AHAHAHA oh come on. Piss off. How could that be considered "wrong"?

I think if you were fined billions for giving your customers something FREE, you would delay, appeal, and protest too.

Dumbass troll.

RE: I think I fugred it out...
By Digimonkey on 6/28/2012 8:30:11 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah there in is the problem. The EU decided something was wrong, didn't really give Microsoft an option to fix it before slapping them with a fine. I'd call it legal extortion but whatever.

RE: I think I fugred it out...
By Digimonkey on 6/28/2012 8:30:43 AM , Rating: 2

RE: I think I fugred it out...
By TheJian on 7/1/2012 7:09:17 PM , Rating: 2
ROFL, read Solandri's post. When the competition is dead all we get is updates NOT new features. Until firefox got a foot in the door they didn't develop IE at all. Netscape was dead so you got nothing for over a year! Want that again? It's coming. Hopefully google can keep bleeding on their browser since search monopoly supports it...ROFL.

Only fair fight here is a search monopoly vs. OS monopoly...Anyone else bleeds and dies quickly stifling any competition. I can't believe you're defending this crap behavior. While I may not agree with some of your opinions they usually don't seem to come from a head buried in the sand.

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