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Re: Microsoft to Fight Korean Antitrust

__/ [ B Gruff ] on Friday 24 February 2006 23:22 \__

> On Friday 24 February 2006 23:09 Sinister Midget wrote:
>> On 2006-02-24, B Gruff <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> posted something concerning:
>>> On Friday 24 February 2006 21:21 Sinister Midget wrote:
>>>> On 2006-02-24, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> posted
>>>> something concerning:
>>>>> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060224/ap_on_hi_te/skorea_microsoft
>>>>> Microsoft Vows to Fight S. Korean Decision
>>>>> "SEOUL, South Korea - Microsoft Corp. vowed Friday to appeal a decision
>>>>> by South Korea's antitrust regulators concluding the U.S. company had
>>>>> abused its market dominance and ordering it to offer alternative
>>>>> versions of Windows."
>>>> Poor, persecuted $MONOPOLY! How *dare* countries demand they stop doing
>>>> anti-competitive deeds!

It always makes me humoured and enraged at the same time when Microsoft raise
their voice over such obvious abuses of their monopoly status.

>>> Steady on now!
>>> The Korean attitude is softening, and this is clearly going MS's way now
>>> - I guess you missed this bit:-
>>> "In Friday's report, the commission slightly lowered its fine against
>>> Microsoft to $33.6 million from the preliminary figure announced in
>>> December of $34 million"

That debatement might help covering the annual expenses on Mr. Ballmer's
banana supplies.

>>> Gee - MS doesn't know when it's lucky - the E.U. is threatening to
>>> *increase* the fine that *it* imposed!
>> Clearly the monopolists are mad and think the fine should doubled.
> Heh:-)
> This "two nations separated by a common language" has some truth, you know!
> Did you mean "mad" as in insane/crazy (which is how I read it) or mad as in
> annoyed, which I presume would be the first American "take", or both - or
> doesn't it matter?:-)

I think a key issue here is _precedence_. Microsoft fear similar fines or
forced component-stripping elsewhere in the world. Imagine the impact of
having Windows getting delivered /without/ Internet Explorer (just the file
manager). Would people bother to download Opera and Firefox? Would they do
some research among friends and peers before choosing the Web browser?

Best wishes,


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