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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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LOL @ bundling
By siconik on 6/28/2012 8:50:47 AM , Rating: 2
So how did the premise of "bundling" VS "features meeting minimal consumer expectations" get settled? Look at any modern consumer OS, desktop or tablet/mobile. How many ship without browser or media player? Somehow, I don't recall getting a selection menu process offering alternatives to Safari or Itunes when activating the iPhone.

So while MS gets fined for providing what in the end of the day has rightfully been shown to be the standard of-of-the-box features, I have to wonder what happens to that $1 Billion- I mean, that's like a week worth of handouts to whatever basket case they are trying to keep in the keeling over at the moment...




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