Microsoft Loses Appeal

with 2 comments

From the Times Online:

“In that regard, the court considers that neither the fact that Microsoft does not charge a separate price for Windows Media Player nor the fact that consumers are not obliged to use that media player is irrelevant.”

Neelie Kroes, the Competition Commissioner, said: “Microsoft cannot abuse its Windows monopoly to exclude competitors in other markets.”

Bullshit. Whether a customer is or is not forced to use an application makes all the difference. Microsoft doesn’t make it hard in any way for someone to go download and install iTunes, RealPlayer, Winamp, etc. An average person shouldn’t have to go and download a piece of software to do what most people expect an OS to do out of the box.


Written by Kumaran Vijayan

September 18, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. So, wait, what’s the whole story about this ting?


    September 18, 2007 at 11:13 pm

  2. Essentially, Microsoft is getting fined by the EU for bundling Windows Media Player with Windows. The EU thinks that such bundling hurts competitors.

    My issue is that although it may hurt competitors to some extent, I think it’s a lot worse to pull a feature that is expected by any average computer user to be built-in to an OS and force them to have to go somewhere else.


    September 18, 2007 at 11:19 pm

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