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MS vs EU: Microsoft does not control Windows anymore

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| From an European point of view at least they don't. You see the way the EU 
| and the US deal with monopolies is completely different. In the US the state 
| reaction when faced with a monopolistic company is to break it apart, 
| something that almost happened to Microsoft during their first US antitrust 
| investigation.    
| The EU doesn't break up companies, in fact they are usually quite OK with 
| monopolies. For a long time water, power, cable and telecoms have been 
| monopolies in most European countries and most people were OK with that. Of 
| course there is a catch: in almost all cases the government owned a 
| controlling share of those monopolistic companies and actually imposed some 
| policies on them.     
| Now that most industries have been liberalized the state operate in a similar 
| but subtly different way: You are entitled to operate a monopoly or 
| quasi-monopoly as a private company, but you are expected to let the state 
| have some control over your company in exchange. In other words from an 
| European point of view if Windows is a quasi-monopoly then the state has the 
| right to impose features and restrictions on Windows, as simple as that.     



E.U. mulling ordering Microsoft to carry rival web browsers

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| In its regulatory filing in the U.S. submitted late January, Microsoft said
| that the commission is considering ordering Microsoft and computer makers
| to "obligate users to choose a particular browser when setting up a new PC."
| That might include a requirement that computer manufacturers "distribute
| multiple browsers on new Windows-based PCs," Microsoft said in the SEC
| filing.


EC to Microsoft: We may still fine you

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| In a statement earlier today, European Commission spokesperson Jonathan Todd
| is quoted by two sources, the International Herald-Tribune and the AFP, as
| having publicly renewed the EC's warning to Microsoft that it could impose
| more fines and force the company to offer competing Web browsers as an
| alternative to Internet Explorer, for the company's European edition of
| Windows 7.


EU May Order Microsoft To Carry Rival Web Browsers


EU Mulling Ordering Microsoft To Carry Rival Web Browsers


Microsoft fears EU fine over browser


Mozilla: Sometimes govt. is answer to Microsoft

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| Despite this success, Baker believes that government, and in the European
| Commission in particular, has a role to play in further leveling the playing
| field. As she notes in a recent blog post, government entities would perhaps
| have less relevance but for the antitrust activity that resulted in
| Microsoft's dominant market share in the first place:
|     Microsoft did not obtain its (Internet Explorer) hegemony solely through
|     competition on the merits of IE. A number of illegal activities were also
|     involved in creating IE's market dominance...The idea that Microsoft is
|     an innocent victim (of European Commission intervention) is deeply
|     flawed.

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