EU Commissioner, not Microsoft's biggest fan.
Written by Daniel   
Saturday, 24 March 2007 07:43
EU Commissioner says Microsoft continues its market abuses
ARS Technica
By Joel Hruska | Published: March 23, 2007 - 12:31PM CT

It's no secret that Microsoft's relationship with the European Union has been anything but cozy. Over the past three years, the EU has been after Microsoft for antitrust violations, forcing the company to make unspecified changes to Vista, and recently demanding that the Redmond, WA-based company alter its server protocol pricing. In a speech yesterday to the European Parliament, top EU antitrust official Neelie Kroes fired yet another shot across Microsoft's bow by accusing Redmond of continuing to abuse its position as market leader and of having gained market share as a result of doing so.

"Microsoft is constantly gaining market share and that is what is worrying me in the workgroup server operating market," Kroes said according to Reuters. "As a consequence of your abusive behavior you are getting positive results for the company—that's not acceptable in my opinion."

According to the European Commission, Microsoft's share of the workgroup server market has grown from 35-40 percent in 1999 when the EU began its investigation to 70-75 percent today. Kroes' own comments imply the EC has been ineffective at stopping Microsoft abuses. If Microsoft has continued to grow solely (or even primarily) due to abusive behavior, it has done so in spite of all the fines, penalties, and demands of the EU... More

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