EU considers new antitrust action against Microsoft

“The European Union’s antitrust authority confirmed yesterday that it’s analyzing a fresh set of ‘informal complaints’ against Microsoft over its business practices,” Simon Taylor reports for Macworld UK. “These complaints by industry rivals are separate to those which led the European Commission to impose a record fine on Microsoft and order it to unbundle Media Player from Windows and ensure interoperability with its workgroup server software, according to a spokesman.”

“‘The European Commission has received a number of informal complaints about Microsoft,’ said Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for the European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes, in a prepared statement,” Taylor reports. “The Commission was in the process of analyzing the complaints, he continued, and would not take a decision whether to open a new case against the company before this analysis was complete. The Commission’s statement comes in response to an interview with Kroes in the New York Times, in which the Commissioner suggested that she would take action against the company over these complaints. She said in the interview: ‘We’re not going to wait and do nothing.'”

Full article here.

The New York Times’ article (free registration required) here.

MacDailyNews Take: One has to wonder if chairs are sailing and f bombs are being dropped once again in Redmond today.

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29 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your first post!

    Your check is in the mail, along with a new PowerMac, the Nobel Prize for MacArts, and a framed picture of yourself.

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  2. You have to wonder about these ‘complaints’. MSFT’s reputation (much deserved) could be attracting frivolous complaints from firms that just can’t compete, no matter how ‘level’ the playing field.

    Don’t be confused by the above statement, I’d like nothing more than see Gates & Co. banished to a room, with only a Wintel to communicate with the rest of the world (and no tech support).

  3. “One has to wonder if chairs are sailing and f bombs are being dropped once again in Redmond today.”

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    Peace.

  4. I saw Bil the other day near the mall in Bellevue, he looked “physically twisted” due to stress.
    I never would have believe that I would pity a billionaire but I did.
    A trip to the mountain might do him good.

    I wonder if The Eagles got their lyrics from such a scene

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