EU Court Orders Microsoft to Pay up Most of Record Fine
June 28, 2012 2:57 AM
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Microsoft is not happy
Operating system giant Microsoft Corp. (
) 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.
appealed the fine
, but the results were less than what it was hoping for. The appeals body -- the General Court of the European Union
[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
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.
General Court of the EU [PDF]
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RE: I think I fugred it out...
6/28/2012 1:37:44 PM
Not this again. Which part of the word monopoly do you not understand?
Try looking at the market share for OS back when this case was undertaken (or even now if that is to hard). See the difference between Windows and Mac OS?
The majority of people don't download applications to their computers unless they are force to it. They simply don't know how and if Microsoft had been allowed to have it their way IE would be THE browser and Windows Media Player would be THE media player. Which means Microsoft would be controlling what file formats would be used and how video streaming would work. They would get a cut from everything delivered online.
The EU did what the US would have done were it not for lobbyists making the folks in Washington stop going after Microsoft.
RE: I think I fugred it out...
7/11/2012 10:47:11 PM
So just because they have a 'monopoly' (which is rather dubious at this point and time), they should be forced to cripple their product?
Is that your solution?
Because every other operating system in the world comes with a free browser too.
“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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