One of the most puzzling comments I see out there when reading about the EU antitrust case is when someone claims that there is some sinister conspiracy behind the whole thing. They are saying that Microsoft is actually innocent, and that Opera and the EU got together to squeeze some money out of Microsoft. They are of course forgetting about the other companies that are part of the trial, such as Google and Mozilla, and they are forgetting about Microsoft's previous convictions both in the US and Korea. …
If they are still not convinced that there is something to the antitrust case in the EU, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that Microsoft has been forced to pay $100 million in a settlement with the state of Mississippi because of anti-competitive practices:
Originally posted by seattlepi.com:
The lawsuit is the last and largest of those filed by 21 states in the wake of the 2000 federal decision that proclaimed Microsoft abused its monopoly power by bundling Internet Explorer and Windows.
I really don't understand how anyone can think that Microsoft is innocent. It is, quite simply, mind-boggling. Their explanation is that the EU either doesn't know its own laws, or they bring up the alleged conspiracy to pick on poor an innocent Microsoft.
How quickly some people forget about history.