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Microsoft Ruling and Yahoo! Calling

Posted by kraftymiles on March 6, 2008

So, today I read that The EU imposed a record €899m (£680m, $1.35bn) fine on Microsoft for charging “unreasonable” prices to rivals for access to its software. This is the biggest fine imposed by the EU to date in anti trust cases.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/feb/27/microsoft.europe
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4937840.stm

Where does that leave the Borg when it comes to the Yahoo buyout? If they get the go ahead in the US courts, which I believe is a given these days, there is still the issue of the EU to get around. If yesterday’s ruling is anything to go by, I wouldn’t be holding my breath if I worked in Redmond.

It has always seemed that the EU has something in for Microsoft and this kinda confirms it. In my limited experience, Europe has been more open towards free Software and Open Source than the USA and other parts of the world. Well, except for the Far East: Malaysia, Singapore, and Viet Nam; those guys take the idea of free software to a whole other level. Several Local councils in the UK mandate the use of free software in their machines, as opposed to the costly MS Office. And ISTR one of the incredibly useless BBC podcasts on Tech that come out of News 24 where some Russian Schools are starting to use Open Source in the classroom. On that note News 24 enrages me for all the wrong reasons. It could be so good, but it’s just not. CNN on the other hand is just rubbish.

I was recently in the market to actually purchase the office suite for home use and was somewhat surprised to see the £323 price tag for it. (It’s on sale at Amazon.co.uk and is currently reduced from full price of £350.) This comes on top of the £175 price tag for the basic version of Vista. So I’ve got the choice; I spend £500 on software that will allow me to write an email or I can go with free versions. This ignores the need to upgrade to a new PC to give me something that is capable of running Vista of course.

So, if you were a large corporate with a bundle of cash burning a hole in your pocket, would you follow the FORD / Microsoft model and buy out other brands in your field or would you try and come up with something a bit different? Well, that’s probably why you and I don’t run large companies. One of the things that I would suggest is that perhaps a reduction in the cost of older versions would be appropriate, but I see that Office 2003 is still selling at £200 on Amazon. Hardly a massive drop is it now?

As for Apple, well, I’m not sure why they’re not all over the general crapness of Vista and plugging alternate versions of the software, but that’s their lookout.

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One Response to “Microsoft Ruling and Yahoo! Calling”

  1. […] content to be different wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptMicrosoft Ruling and Yahoo! Calling Posted on March 6, 2008 by kraftymiles So, today I read that The EU imposed a record €899m (£680m, $1.35bn) fine on Microsoft for charging “unreasonable” prices to rivals for access to its software. This is the biggest fine imposed by the EU to date in anti trust cases. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/feb/27/microsoft.europe http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4937840.stm Where does that leave the Borg when it comes to the Yahoo buyout? If they […]

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