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On 27 June, Microsoft will find out whether its appeal against a record antitrust penalty has been successful in the EU's General Court. In February 2008, the European Commission added another €899m ($1.13bn) to the fine Microsoft was expected to pay for failing to comply with an original antitrust ruling in 2004. The second …

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WTF?

Jesus, have they not paid that yet?

Or are they trying to get some back?

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Since the EU could do with the cash,

I'd think that the likely hood of MS getting off the fine is remote in the extreem!

Not that €1.1 billion will go nearly far enough :-/

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Re: Since the EU could do with the cash,

The money would stay in Brussels probably, so no guarantee it would actually go back into the financial system. Nice as that would be. Tempted to take a shot at the last government for all the borrowing, and how other countries were careless, but it would be off topic :)

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4% above base rate interest for late payments should be added too.

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Consumers want justice

Unless the beaks increase the fine 10 fold, Microsucks is just paying a token fee for exploiting consumers. What company would not be willing to pay a $1.1 billion "fee" to generate $100 Billion in revenue and hurt their competition at the same time?

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let's hope...

... the Commission notice the attitude and add it into their treatment of UEFI

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Failure to offer guidance to Microsoft?

"But the company has long contended the fine handed down to it citing technical problems with how Brussels' officials determined the €899m figure without first offering guidance to Microsoft on the matter.

"The Commission's latest fine is a reasonable response to unreasonable actions by Microsoft"

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Re: Failure to offer guidance to Microsoft?

Thanks dgharmon, at the bottom of the link someone says how symbolic the case was, "a change in the law so that they have to disclose protocols" The concept of an APIs is similar to a protocol, albeit over a short distance without a common transport (wikipedia's good isn't it), I wonder how related this is/was to the Java case that is being ruled on soon.

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well it was a long time ago

Seeing as it was 8 years ago... and they do market themselves as a nice company, oh go on, let let them off, no? OK a 100 hours community service, lesson learned, no hard feelings. Now lets talk about something we need to correct in Windows 98.

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«But the company has long contended the fine handed down to it

citing technical problems with how Brussels' officials determined the €899m figure without first offering guidance to Microsoft on the matter.»

«[T]echnical problems» ? No doubt they were using Microsoft software to calculate the figure and MSN Messenger to communicate with Ballmer & Co....

Henri

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