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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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Get of out of town
By Jay2tall on 6/28/2012 8:44:28 AM , Rating: 2
This is rediculous. If they did not allow you to install other software, it would be an argument. However, there is stockpile of other browsers and media software you can download.

Maybe Microsoft should just stop selling The Windows operating system in that part of the world. Let see who crumbles first considering 99% of all business machines run a Microsoft OS. Then when they are running illegal copies of software pop back in and sue their pants off.

RE: Get of out of town
By BZDTemp on 6/28/2012 1:59:05 PM , Rating: 2

Microsoft needs the EU - it is a bigger market than the US.

Besides your "99% of all business machines" is exactly why Microsoft must behave differently with their OS than Apple or Linux distros for that matter. When you're in control of a market monopoly laws apply and they rightly need to. How about looking up "United States vs. Microsoft" and then come and tell how that was ridiculous.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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