EU Threatens Microsoft With More Fines

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The EU says Microsoft isn’t fully complying with the 2004 antitrust ruling against it, and will start fining the company 2 million euros a day unless it supplies better documentation for other companies to make their products compatible with Windows. Microsoft is in the process of appealing the antitrust decision, and, of course, disagrees with the antitrust commission’s latest view of things. The EU’s said before that Microsoft wasn’t complying with the ruling, and it doesn’t seem likely that the prospect of having to pay 2 million euros a day will significantly change the company’s behavior, given how it’s shrugged off previous fines, and, as predicted, dragged out the process to minimize its impact on the company.

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ZOMG CENSORED (user link) says:

Microsoft getting screwed? Hey left foot, meet rig

I think the irony of this is delicious, but it’s still wrong of the EU to do such an unethical thing to Microshaft (He’s a complicated app and no one understands him but his OS…), just as it would be to do to any company.

It basically violates my whole mode of thinking to say anything for Microsoft, but this is just one case where it’s just wrong to screw them, as it’s bad for everyone else.

Rikko says:

Re: Microsoft getting screwed? Hey left foot, meet

The impression I got from the BBC story was that MS fulfilled their promise to provide documentation to allow full compatibility with non-Windows OS computers on a network (eg. publish API documentation), but the courts ruled that the documentation provided were so shoddy that they were of no use to a third party developer.

I do think MS needs to be taken down a notch, and I think once they start playing with the industry instead of above it, they might see things work out pretty well.

Justice says:

What about other OS's???

Whoa… can they really do that? On what grounds can ANY government tell ANY company to do ANYTHING with their products (unless it is SOLELY for a government contract). This does not make any sense to me. If they wanted full interoperability within their network, then stick to a single operating system, whether it is Linux, OS X, or Windows. If MS has to provide documentation to assist in interoperability, then shouldn’t Linux and OS X be required to do as well? Why single out one company?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: What about other OS's???

because as soon as you’re #1 the rules chage…

microsoft didn’t trick me into using windows by doing anything illegal.. I made a conscious choice to use it..

I’ve tried other things but windows is just such a nicely polished turd that always came back it to..

all these people complaining about a monopoly just want to see the piss taken out of them pure and simple

ZOMG CENSORED (user link) says:

Re: What about other OS's???

That’s what I thought. It’s rather unethical to target a single company when others are in the same boat (Apple, for example, is really difficult to interoperate in many circumstances). I really think that this shouldn’t attack one company if others are guilty of the same charges.

I doubt there’d be as much “well that’s fine, charge them 2.4M Euros, they can afford it” if it were applied to certain distros of *nix platforms.

Again, it’s a matter of “Left foot, meet right shoe” for microsoft, they’re getting screwed for having done everything that was asked of them (Hell, accurate, though highly technical interoperability documentation is available from the MSDN library).

TechNoFear (profile) says:

Re: No Subject Given

MS had reserves of over US$49b in 2003.
MS makes >40% profit overall its operations.
MS makes >80% profit on Windows OS…
If MS keeps delaying this case, as it is attempting, then the settlement will be irrelevant as the compeditors will have gone. Standard MS OP.
This shows that the EU finally stopped squabbling amongst themselves long enough to realise that the EU is now the largest market place in the world and as such can dictate terms to even MS. Something the US congress seems unable or unwilling to do.
“a hostile act against an American company with severe consequences for the global economy,” Rep. Ben Nelson of Nebraska
“based on protectionist policy, not on sound economic principles.” Rep. Adam Smith of Washington

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