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News   News : Microsoft facing huge EU Competition Fine
   posted by Mikey_C on 18-Mar-2004 13:36:21 (2020 reads)
Microsoft face the prospect of a huge fine running into hundreds of millions of Euro's as last minute talks to avoid legislation, breaks down.

See full Details at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3523232.stm
    

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ErikBauer 
Re: Microsoft facing huge EU Competition Fine
Posted on 18-Mar-2004 13:47:36
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Ya Hoooo!


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Re: Microsoft facing huge EU Competition Fine
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Before everyone gets all excited, even if the fine is in the billions of US dollars, Microsoft likely has this sitting in the bank.

It probably won't make much of a ding in their bottom line. Besides, they'll probably appeal this until the cows come home.

 
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Re: Microsoft facing huge EU Competition Fine
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Yeah but you can bet your bottom dollar it will hurt

Goes to show, Microsoft, haven't funded anyone's Election Campaign in the EU

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I don't think this is quite the beginning of the end for M$, I'm just glad the EU are taking a strong stance against an "abusive monopolist".

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Perhaps the court could offer Microsoft the option to do some Community Service instead of a fine... ie have their programmers taught how to write programs without gaping holes in them


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How much is the total cost of ownership for Windows? Ouch!


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This only refects something that everybody in the world knew.

The EU have the most advanced laws against monopoly situations. I don´t think this will beat Microsoft position in Europe NOW but in the future there WILL be more chances for other products and OS to succes, maybe AmigaOS have a good chance in that future, at least I hope so.

Anyway, Microsoft have to understand that EU laws are very different in comparison with USA laws, they have received a big punch in the face.

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I'd rather it'd been a kick in the nuts !!


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If they wanted competition for MS, they really should hand a couple of those billions into AmigaOS development. How sweet wouldn´t that be...


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I'll kick you in the nuts!


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HAR, HAR!

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OOyah


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