Commentary: Why the EU ruling against Microsoft is a joke

Posted by dave on Mar 22, 2004 5:24 PM EDT
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The European Union's ruling Monday against Microsoft -- a fine of€497 million for antitrust violations -- is a joke. Even if Microsoft has to end up unbundling the audio and video from this version of Windows -- which is not a technical problem whatsoever -- the company will find a reason to put it all back together again the way it was planned in Longhorn (the next version of Windows, due out in 2006). It could also reassemble it in some other product. Alternatively, the company still could reach a compromise with the EU.

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