EU antitrust case: Does the EU hate Microsoft?

I'm surprised at the amount of hateful comments against the EU after it chose to enforce its competition laws in the case against Microsoft. The EU is apparently Socialist, Communist, or at least hates companies with success, or was that just American companies?

Ignoring for a moment the fact that most companies the EC is dealing with for violation of European Competition Law are European companies, let's look at just how reliable the claims about the EU having it in for Microsoft are.

They are not very reliable, it turns out:

David Hammerstein, ex-Member of European Parliament for the Greens, tweeted last week: 'SOS to everyone as sources confirm that Kroes is about to eliminate "open standards" policy from EU digital agenda; Kroes has been under intense lobbying pressure from Microsoft to get rid of interoperability and open source goals of EU.'

So there you have it. Going with what Microsoft is lobbying them to do seems to be a strange case of "European bias against Microsoft, and that's why they started the antitrust case"

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8 thoughts on “EU antitrust case: Does the EU hate Microsoft?

  1. Odd, bearing in mind that Kroes is the woman who led the EU charge against MS the past years this is not at all what i expected from her.Assuming the rumor is correct.

  2. About EU haters, they are as informative as a cow mooing http://xkcd.com/386/ The same way you don't eat trash, you ignore people that just talk nonsense.About Kroes, I find that story very hard to digest given that it was Kroes herself that has lead most investigations against Microsoft and a fellow parliament representative even asked whether Microsoft should be removed from public procurement http://www.heide-ruehle.de/heide2007/media/doc/1207747685964.pdfBut if you want to speak of Microsoft's dirty tactics, this is another interesting article http://boycottnovell.com/2010/01/14/brussels-coverage-upls/ They are lobbying to have also software patents in Europe. But software patents have already been voted no.Or for a history of the entire novel beween the EU and Microsofthttp://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/174096756/m/550009561931?r=387008961931#387008961931To summarize, Microsoft was, is and will continue to be a lobbyist troll, which business model is not to innovate or develop new technology, but to force governments and institutions to be dependent on their mediocre software.

  3. Apple is much more clever, though they keep getting into trouble over the claims in their ad campaigns.One may posit that the fines against large companies are not damaging enough. Intel paid its latest penalties in cash, immediately.

  4. It's not just the EU. Opera Software also is dealing with a backlash (though I'm unsure if they're even aware of it) from the equally uninformed Digg nation (and other commentors on tech sites). Just browse the comments there from time to time and you'll see what I mean. As xErath said above: "They are as informative as a cow mooing."

  5. Meh. It's on Ars. I really don't think much of their articles, really don't think much of their readers. Especially, the piece itself is not really even news. Must've been a slow week if they bothered to report on that.

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