EU v M$ – $7B Fine?

M$ has admitted violating its commitment to offer choice of browser in EU since “7” SP1…

“If a company has breached commitments made legally binding by way of an Article 9 decision, it may be fined up to 10% of its total annual turnover.”

via Europe Could Hit Microsoft With $7B+ Fine Over New Internet Explorer Antitrust Violations | TechCrunch.

I think M$ would notice such a fine but banning them for 3 years, the time they broke their agreement, would offer consumers real choice of browser…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to EU v M$ – $7B Fine?

  1. oldman says:

    Making such idiotic statements doesnt do anything for your credibility robert pogson. In fact it marks you as the intolerant bigot that you are.

    The eu is within their legal rights to fine microsoft – in fact they need the money.

    But banning ishighly unlikely to happen, no matter how much you rant.

  2. dougman wrote, about M$, “I bet they will toe the line then.”

    The thing about a psychopath is that while they can pretend to be normal, they cannot “toe the line”. It’s not in their DNA. They never say anything in public that’s not spun 100K rpm. They rarely say anything in private that’s “for the record”. They made their OS, their EULA, their corporate environment as complex as they could to accomplish all kinds of hidden agendas in everything they do, none of it good for competition. They do this despite it not being good for their business and not good for their product and not good for the end-users, because they are addicted to the cash-flow. They will do anything for that “hit” including self-destruction. No rational person can see a good end for the Wintel monopoly but everyone plays along as best they can hoping to pick up scraps. When it falls, everyone will run for the doors. The OEMs are mostly dabbling with FLOSS and ARM and soon will be capable of independent flight. M$ is aware of this but does not care. They only care to maximize the total return on investment in evil. That means turning the screws on the addicts, not competing on price/performance.

  3. dougman says:

    Apply the $7B fine, distribute the proceeds to competing browsers and operating systems, then ban distribution of Windows 8 for 6-months in Europe.

    I bet they will toe the line then.

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