Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Microsoft Opens Up?!

Last Thursday Microsoft made a "Significant Company Announcement" to share some protocols with everyone and not to sue any open source developer bla bla bla, which made some people think: what could this all mean?!

Here is what the European competition commissioner had to say today in the NY Times: Europe Fines Microsoft $1.3 Billion
Microsoft had earlier been fined after the commission determined in 2004 that the company had abused the dominance of its Windows operating system to gain unfair market advantage. The commission imposed the new fine Wednesday, it said, because the company had not met the prescribed remedies after the earlier judgment.

“Microsoft was the first company in 50 years of E.U. competition policy that the commission has had to fine for failure to comply with an antitrust decision,” the European competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said in a statement.

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