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Thought: Microsoft may face daily EU fine [Dec. 24th, 2005|11:06 am]
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Microsoft may face daily EU fine

Are Microsoft being treated unfairly by the EU, or are they just being bloody minded?
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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2005-12-24 11:12 am (UTC)
I read this also, but it really depends on the details of what it is MS have failed to provide. I can imagine MS dragging their heels on what they are supposed to provide, so at a guess MS are probably at fault. Must be hard though when you're trying to turn a profit around (albeit a sizeable one) and you're being told to open up all the standards and documentation on your products.
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[User Picture]From: kuzanagi_
2005-12-24 11:27 am (UTC)
Like Mark said, it all depends really on what specifically they're being asked to disclose. The situation does seem a little harsh though.
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[User Picture]From: j7xz49br3m93xrr
2005-12-24 03:17 pm (UTC)
It's hardly old news that Microsoft's APIs, interfaces, and subsystems are poorly documented for third party developers. The news, however, is that the EU has deemed Microsoft to be a monopoly (this was attempted in the US, but failed) and wants to punish Microsoft for not acting in the interests of the industry. Smaller companies don't have the same demand put upon them as they're not considered to be monopolies.

I'd suggest, however, that Microsoft can do whatever it likes with its products. I don't think Microsoft is a monopoly (in the legal sense) since there are several alternatives to Microsoft systems on the server end (their desktop stuff is possibly a different matter) and Microsoft has some of the poorest server offerings out there IMHO. Only an uneducated wally would recommend Windows powered servers for exactly these reasons unless the requirements of the client/company are so low that MS's lacking software covers it all.

Let the EU make the decisions with their cheque books by not buying MS's trash and migrating to sensible architectures, rather than fining them. Let the war happen on the technology and sales front, rather than a legal one.
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[User Picture]From: tazzy
2005-12-26 10:06 am (UTC)
Thinx Microsoft are extremely protective of their IPR (intellectual property rights). I doubt they would have got to being a quasi monopoly without it. Thinx it is MS call ...do they release some IPR (depends what they are being asked for) or get fined ...cost/benefit ..for them ...the cost is most certainly bareable...
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