Quote:I hope that today's decision closes a dark chapter in Microsoft's record of non-compliance
Any volunteers to hold their breath until this happens?
Apparently they've been in
Apparently they've been in compliance (on this issue) since Oct last year (iirc), I guess with the Euro steadily rising, the €Xm/per day was getting too much for even M$ to bear. The EU Competition Commission has another couple of investigations into Microsoft's business practises going on, so you never know.
Statement from the
Statement from the EU:
"Microsoft continued to stifle innovation by charging other companies prohibitive royalty rates for the essential information they needed to offer software products to computer users around the world," Kroes said. "The high rates made the rendering of (interoperability) information pointless."
To comply with the March 2004 order, Microsoft was supposed to offer rivals complete and accurate interoperability information so that their products would work with Microsoft's dominant operating system, as well as offer the information at a reasonable price.
Any company looking to avoid a clash with Kroes needs to keep one thing in mind. Says the woman herself: "Our approach is to ensure companies and people have a right to choose...then the markets will deliver so much more."