Europe Taking on Microsoft?

  • AP: EU Alleges Microsoft Abuses
    . Backed by new evidence, the European Union on Wednesday accused Microsoft Corp. of trying to monopolize markets for server software and audiovisual players and gave the U.S. giant a last chance to defend itself before demanding changes in its Windows operating system.

  • It probably won’t matter. Microsoft can use the legal system there the same way it’s used the system here — fight like hell, delay wherever possible and stall when the inevitable settlement is written. And then, of course, fail to honor the terms of the settlement, forcing the legal system to step in again. So by the time any serious action is undertaken, it’s too late.

    Worked pretty well in the U.S., except that Microsoft got the government itself to change sides. Let’s see, $50 billion in cash, and counting, and more power than ever in its monopoly markets, plus real (if not yet appreciated) inroads into vital new markets.

    Thanks to our amazingly short attention span, Americans are bored with the Microsoft story, another great advantage for the serial lawbreaker. Well, guess what? The boys in Redmond aren’t bored with pursuing their control over choke points of tomorrow’s commerce and communications. They’re working hard, as aways, and making serious progress. By the time people notice again, it may be too late.


    Posted by: on August 6, 2003 12:37 PM

    Dan hits this right on the nose. With corporate scandals, terrorism concerns, etc… MS flies under the radar after the JD sell out. Sadly, once some of the $50M starts moving around, the consumer will lose again when the EU capitulates to a toothless remedy. As Dan suggests, some “free” markets are in jeopardy…

    Posted by: on August 7, 2003 07:57 AM

    The way things are going, in a couple of decades Microsoft will own everything. Capitalism will end up being replaced with a feudal system, with every citizen held in vassalage to Bill Gates II.

    Posted by: on August 8, 2003 05:32 AM

    The only force on Earth that can stop Microsoft now is the free market….aided by a sluggish econonmy. Free software has changed the playing field in some key MS markets (Servers and Office productivity products). I think we have a long road a head, but Open Source, and price competition from it, will begin to erode MS Hegemony.

    What we really need is for government to declare they will only purchase, and deal in, software that supports open, non-patent encumbered file formats.

    Posted by: on August 8, 2003 01:26 PM

    aNonMooseCowherd: BG II is actually BG IV. Get your facts straight.

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