Not me, that’s what the EU anti-trust rulings said. Microsoft has lost the case and needs to pay $600 million + in fines and agree to ship Windows sans Windows Media Player! The company hasn’t said anything right now. They want to first go through the 248 pages long ruling and then decide whether they want to appeal or not.
I very well think they will file an appeal and if they do, then it will take another several years for this matter to get resolved.
Andrew Donoghue, at tech publisher ZDNet said the EU-Microsoft battle over software for playing music and movies “seems pretty old-school now.” More important for Microsoft is its effort to sell its new operating system, Vista, an effort that may prove challenging given the fierce competition it’s facing in the marketplace. “A real feeling in the market has taken hold that [Microsoft] has lost whatever innovative direction it might have had and just has nothing to offer when it comes to competing with Apple’s brilliantly realised consumer offerings and Google’s complete dominance of the Internet—and increasing office productivity tools. Microsoft is rapidly being painted into a corner—with no real idea of how to get out.”
Frankly speaking, I’m a little surprised. I wanted them to lose the case, but I wasn’t really sure if they would. They have enjoyed monopoly over their crappy products for a long time. It’s time for other companies to march in.
UPDATE: For all those people who think that I’m an idiot and don’t know what a monopoly is (even though I’m doing my MBA), please be informed that the court itself is of the opinion that Microsoft is guilty of monopoly abuse.
To quote the article:
The EU Court of First Instance ruled against Microsoft on both major parts of the case, saying the European Commission was correct in concluding that the company was guilty of monopoly abuse in trying to use its power over desktop computers to muscle into server software.
So, for people who are not on Microsoft’s payroll and regard it as the biggest regret in their lives, I have one piece of advice- SHUT UP!
Something for you Microsoft enthusiasts!