The EU has fined Microsoft for the second time in four years in a long running antitrust case over IE and Media Player bundling as well as the inner workings of Windows. The software giant will add $1.3 billion to the EU coffers in a case that has cost it $2.5 billion in fines so far. The company has stated its intention to appeal and will have two months before its response is due.
EU Fines Microsoft $1.3 Billion (Infoworld)
In January, Microsoft issued a press release proclaiming its latest offer in an effort to stave off the record fine, saying that it would license the source code for Windows, the ultimate insight into how the operating system works. Of course, the latest fine is the result of noncompliance with the order in 2004, which Microsoft claimed it would obey immediately. Due to appeals, Microsoft successfully avoided complying with the order until October 22, 2007, three and a half years after the order was handed down.
Microsoft Goes Beyond EU Decision by Offering Windows Source Code (Microsoft Press Release)
Microsoft is a big part of what a lot of us in IT have to focus on. My shop is just about pure Microsoft, simply for ease of management. Virtualization is going to change some of that over the next few years, but I suspect I will deal with its products on a daily basis for quite some time. I am cautiously optimistic that if source code licenses are reasonably priced, companies like VMWare could make drastic improvements in the way its products interact with Windows. The question is, will Microsoft simply delay the process in appeals as long as possible or make the price to license the code too much to bear?
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