RE: € 500,000,000 fine for Micro$oft.
From: Tom Linden (tom_at_kednos.com)
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 06:50:28 -0800
I think MS is more concerned about restricitons for the future rather
than the amount of this fine. For example, the EU commission has indicated
that it is opposed to the integration of a search engine in the next version
of windows (which I happen to think is a good idea)
From: JF Mezei [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 5:44 AM
Subject: Re: € 500,000,000 fine for Micro$oft.
The Euro competition comissioner should release the details of
MS's slap on
the wrist today.
I heard upwards of $700,000,000 (US). This may not be pocket
change for Gates,
but probably just ATM widthdrawal money.
However, the real thing here is that Europe is expected to not
only force MS
to unbundle software such as media player, but also make
parts of Windows source/api.
"Making available" means that it becomes worldwide distribution since the
internet prevents distribution of such materials from being
limited to a given
Of course, Microsoft annoucned it would appeal the ruling even before the
ruling is to be made, and hopes to delay implementation of
punishement by many years.
It will be interesting to see how MS decides to handle the distribution of
windows if varous countries impose various restrictions.
I suspect that its gut reaction would be to continue to use its
much as possible in countries such as the USA that have refuse
dto impose real
restrictions, and generate a different "version" of windows for each other
country that has varying limitations. This also means that MS
will be able to
set whatever price it wants for each separate country since it
will be able to
argue they are all separate products.
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