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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 TheJian on 7/1/2012 6:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
Read my posts. Microsoft killed netscape by releasing their browser as FREE after they charged $19.99 at frys etc (it was in plus pack too if memory serves for $19-29 can't remember). I sold it to customers retail for $19.99 (in a freaking Internet Explorer box separate from the Operating System! For sale at Compusa and Computer City also). Then they went whole hog and gave it away until Netscape bled to death. Get it yet? Look up the case instead of spouting this crap. They gave it away free because they could afford to until Netscape died.

Notice the only thing in your PC that hasn't dropped in price is that $300 OS ($135 OEM, but that's been the same for 20 years too...same as when I sold it back to 1997! for NT pro). This is because there is no competition.

As BZD said, why do you think they spend time developing this and media player for FREE? Are you really this dumb or just work for MS or Apple? They dev it so others have a high barrier to entry and can keep everything on windows. It perpetuates their monopoly.

Again BZD was correct in stating that if most people get something in their OS they just live with it and will only download something else if they HAVE TO. Even then, they usually don't even know how! I can't tell you how many PC's I saw come back for a virus squashing, or OS re-install, or hardware upgrade 2-3yrs later (or just a vacuum cleaning as I offered to MY pc customers for $10 yearly) and only find the exact software I sold them on it. They had NOTHING else but a new version of quickbooks...LOL. That's it aside from maybe a new AV app (but most just kept paying renewals...even afraid to change app vendors...JEEZ!). I can categorically state that BZD is telling the truth after serving PC's to people for 8 years.

I just tried to buy a laptop from Dell with NO OS. I claimed I'd install Linux 3 seconds after I got it in the door and out of the box, and also that I had a Microsoft Action pak subscription (10 lics of everything for $299 offered to all business in cahoots with MS) with a good 4 lics of everything left and had NO NEED for Win7. They said they couldn't strip it because of Microsoft agreements, even if I never intended to even boot windows 7. That's $100 of the cost of the laptop for NOTHING! I really will not use that license. But I can't get out of it. Palm died (can't give away software for free forever unless you're extremely successful at something else...LIKE SEARCH). Rimm - need I say anything about rimm? Toilet. Nuff said. Linux is made by people, most not interested in the money. Redhat makes money on SERVICE because you can't charge a dime for REAL FREE OPEN SOURCE software. You do understand what OPEN SOURCE is right? Windows isn't open source, IE isn't open source - neither was netscape - but charging $29-39.99 for something MS can give away for free until your dead just bankrupts your company.

Name another company worth less than a billion that can create and keep a browser going for free indefinitely. You know it costs to produce IE right? MS/Apple have a lock on their segments (windows/appstore etc). Only a HUGE company can start a browser war (google). Business and customization are the only thing that keep firefox/opera relevant.

See my other posts. Microsoft is a convicted monopoly in the USA as of 2000. They paid 20 states off to get around it AFTER being GUILTY! IT cost them about 400mil. So I guess USA took the money grab first, what you're seeing now is just inflation on the same case we already found them guilty of. It takes YEARS to convict anyone with billions. Guilty, appeal, guilty, appeal etc until the other people are so broke or already dead so you only pay a pittance of what you should. Netscape was dead before the verdict on a case that started in 1994! Well, the real case started circa 1998 (Netscape went from 90% market share to 1%...OUCH. SIX years later is was too late to save them. Heck they were almost dead before it even made it to court! PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND! IIS was used in the same manner. Do you really think a company can give away server software for free forever? Netscape couldn't. I can't remember the name of their app, but IIS killed it for the same reason IE killed Netscape Navigator.

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