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Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Shane, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Shane

    Shane Guest

    http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=10015071&fsrc=RSS
    Microsoft finally threw in the towel, on October 22nd, in its fight with the
    European Commission, bringing to an end a nearly decade-long struggle
    between the EU antitrust regulator and the world’s largest software
    company. Following its defeat last month in the EU Court of First Instance
    (CFI), Microsoft says that it will not appeal, and will now allow
    open-source developers to access information required for interoperability
    of their software with Microsoft systems. Although in practice much will
    depend on how a settlement is implemented, the victory marks a major
    victory for the Commission which at times had seemed as if it had taken on
    too large an opponent.
    [...]
    Microsoft's competitors, such as open source developers Linux, and Novell
    also welcomed the move, but many will remain wary about the details of the
    agreement, and how and when it is implemented in practice. The decision may
    also set back hopes that Microsoft may have had to broaden its web-based
    platforms with other applications. More importantly, perhaps, the EU's
    competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, welcomed the Microsoft decision,
    though expressed regret at how long the deal had taken. Anything but a
    victory for the Commission would have seriously undermined the credibility
    of the EU competition rules.

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    Shane, Oct 24, 2007
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  2. On Thu, 25 Oct 2007 07:27:09 +1300, Shane wrote:

    > Microsoft's competitors, such as open source developers Linux, and Novell
    > also welcomed the move, but many will remain wary about the details of the
    > agreement, and how and when it is implemented in practice.


    The proposed licenses effectively prevent using those protocols in GPL'd
    software. :eek:(


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    Jonathan Walker

    "The IT industry landscape is littered with the dead
    dreams of people who once trusted Microsoft."
    Jonathan Walker, Oct 24, 2007
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