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The EU Continues Its Socialist Campaign Against Microsoft

You know, this whole EU fine thing is really pissing me off. It sure seems to me that the EU has found their cash cow to fund their entire operation, and they're doing so by fining an American company. All told, Microsoft has been fined 1.6B Euros, which could fund their entire "Clean Sky" project through 2013. Is this how governments raise money? It's not a fine, it's a competition tax, and its ridiculous.

How is this in any way appropriate? As Mary Jo said, they never proved that European consumers were harmed, just competitors. Since when did a free market say that the leader is required to give competitors the tools to build better competing products? I thought that they only had a responsibility to not inhibit interoperability? That sure smells like Socialism to me...

I think Microsoft should fight it. The American court system doesn't allow for Double Jeopardy, and they shouldn't stand for getting fined twice for the same offense.

Posted on Feb 27 2008, 09:17 PM by Robert McLaws
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  • Uki Ross said:

    Quoting the AFP news agency :the year 2014 will be the year when all french government authorities, military, police and so on will migrate to linux. I'm still looking for confirmation but I've heard that things are looking similarly in germany and spain... well the world is changing outside the window :)  it may be that XXI century will be the century of TUX...  

    February 28, 2008 3:27 AM
  • Aaron said:

    Geez Robert they should have renamed you Windows Defender and not their spyware product! I know you call them out when they stuff up but when it comes to competitors and things like the EU its always Microsoft is in the right, going to win, everyone else evil etc etc...

    February 28, 2008 5:39 AM
  • I never said no one was harmed, just competitors. I think that forcing Microsoft to give competitors the tools to decrease Microsoft's competitive advantage was extreme enough. But fining Microsoft twice for the same aggression just feels wrong.

    February 28, 2008 10:27 AM
  • thatguy said:

    Honestly, the EU is an overall good group of countries, but like everything else, if they can get money easily by finding loopholes...they probably will...and in this case, they did.

    February 28, 2008 1:11 PM
  • Sam said:

    Of course they need Microsoft as a cash cow, they lose so much money. EU Aid to Russia, for example, is extremely ineffective, and alot of EU aid goes to fund their bureaucracy anyway. Seems as though they can't become the US and try to actually invest money into actual development projects.

    February 28, 2008 3:26 PM
  • Bob Jones said:

    The EU regulates the EU market, Microsoft regulates the EU.

    We should be glad the EU doesn't try to run America in the same way Americans try to run the world.

    Why do you want to run our sovereign countries? Get over yourselfs, really, is running half the Middle East not enough?

    February 28, 2008 4:34 PM
  • thatguy said:

    @Bob Jones

    Get over yourself and go watch more of the BBC...apparently, they're unbiased, but they spit out the same garbage you're trying to bring to a blog about Windows...

    Good job...you don't like to make yourself look like an idiot do you?  If not, don't say stuff like that...

    Trying to act like the worlds problems are all Microsoft's and America's fault just shows how ignorant you are and really how lazy the rest of the world is to actually step-up and fix their own problems instead of giving the BS response of: "It's America's fault" all of the time.

    That goes along with Microsoft.  I honestly hope that you guys don't ever have any problems with a European country because then the EU will find them pocket change and put them out of business.

    Seriously, get over yourself before you try and accuse Microsoft for the worlds problems...

    February 28, 2008 7:32 PM
  • David said:

    I agree.  They have found an easy  way to get some cash to fund whatever they are looking to fund. Perhaps some more medical for everyone.

    I wish in some ways that Microsoft would just turn off all Windows machines, reformat the drives and then ask "how do you like me now?"  To bad that will never happen.

    It's not about competition, it's about money.

    February 29, 2008 1:42 PM
  • Daniel said:

    Well, guys. Things look different here in Europe. Microsoft is not obeying the laws and that is why they should pay!

    That are the rules of the game and Microsoft should stick to them and stop thinking as they were the world leader!

    March 7, 2008 9:49 AM