Microsoft Gets Record Fine and a Rebuke From Europe

From the New York Times:

The European antitrust regulator imposed a record $1.35 billion fine against Microsoft on Wednesday in a ruling intended to send a clear message to the world’s largest software maker — and to any other company — of the dangers of flouting Europe’s competition rulings.

The size of the penalty, which surprised lawyers and legal experts, was a clear assertion of the power of the European Commission and its main antitrust regulator, Neelie Kroes, who is its competition commissioner. She has emerged from a lengthy legal battle with Microsoft as possibly the world’s most activist regulator.

The dispute with the commission has cost Microsoft more than $2.3 billion in fines.

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  • If I were Microsoft I think I’d just say “Great, here’s you $2.3 Billion… and we are leaving. But before we go just delete Windows off all your computers. We will no longer being doing business here!

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