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Its every so often that judges and lawmakers think they can do one better over the market. Sometimes they’re right. Often, not.

The EU courts decided that Microsoft violated their antitrust laws. How?

The court said Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice.

Shockingly, despite Windows having more than 90% of the market, Windows Media Player has about 70% market share. Currently, users can (and many do) download RealPlayer, Quicktime+iTunes, Winamp, etc. Yes, they can’t uninstall Windows Media Player – but neither could you remove every part of Quicktime on Mac OS X.

Yes, Linux allows you to uninstall everything. Whoopee. Everything should be like Linux.

The Commission ordered the company to sell a version of Windows without the Windows Media Player application used for video and music, which few have bought, and to share information allowing rivals’ office servers to work smoothly with Windows.

Yet, remarkably, Windows still doesn’t dominate the server market. Even in enterprises. Is it difficult or impossible for enterprises to use, say, Linux server and Windows workstations? No. Sure, they can’t use new, snazzy server features of Windows, or bits like Exchange. But there are fully workable alternatives.

Red Hat’s profits this first quarter, for example, surged 17%. And their primary market is enterprise servers. Odd, because it is supposed to be stifled by Microsoft dearest.


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