Friday, February 29, 2008

Microsoft Fined For $1.35 billion

European Commission on Wednesday fined Microsoft for a whopping $1.35 billion for using high prices to discourage software competition in Europe.

The executive arm of the European Union said the U.S. software group defied a 2004 order from Brussels to provide the information on reasonable terms.

I don't know what they mean by "reasonable terms".

The whole case is going bit too far. EU should not fining all the multinationals in the name of competition.

I am no big fan of Microsoft and to be honest I hate the so called proprietary stuffs. But the reason for Microsoft's dominance in OS market is because they have a superior product with Windows. Its no accident.

It is not their crime that if 95 percent of people around the world prefer Windows over other systems. EU's fines against Microsoft over the years now total €1.68 billion. According to TechCrunch, the latest fine will directly go to EU's budget.

Ha ha, so now I got the reason. Not a bad idea for EU to generate some money.

Who would be next?

The writing is on the wall for the guys at Google.

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