Microsoft guilty of 'abusive' market tactics

By Jane Hoskyn on Mar 27, 2007 2:45 PM
Filed under Software

European Competition Commissioner threatens Redmond again.

Microsoft is using "abusive behaviour" to dominate the software market, according to the European Union's top antitrust official. 

European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told MEPs that Microsoft is using "illegal tactics" to edge out competition, and threatened the software giant with punitive fines for defying Commission rulings.

"Microsoft is constantly gaining market share, and that is worrying me," she said.

Kroes added that, left to its own devices, Microsoft would engulf the workgroup server market and obliterate any competition.

Microsoft's market share has grown from 35 to 40 per cent in 1999 to around 75 per cent today.

The company's tactics were first investigated by the Commission three years ago, when it was fined a record €497m (A$819m) for abusing Windows' dominance of office PC networks.

Commissioners found that Windows PCs are easier to connect using Microsoft products than with products from rivals such as Sun Microsystems and Linux vendors. 

Microsoft appealed against the Commission's demand that it share interoperability information with competitors, claiming that the information is patent-protected intellectual property.

The appeal failed, and last July the Commission imposed a further €280.5m (A$461m) fine for failure to comply. Earlier this month the Commission threatened even more fines.

Microsoft has until July to reply to the latest charges.
 
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
 

Copyright ©v3.co.uk

Microsoft guilty of 'abusive' market tactics
 
 
 
 
 
Top Stories
10 things we learned this week
Seasons greetings and "Yo Gabba Gabba!" from CRN.
 
Microsoft partner Ensyst acquired by Optus
Australian partner of the year joins Optus Business.
 
How I learned to stop worrying and love Hyper-V
How secondhand data centre pizza boxes and tablets can get an SMB mobile and productive.
 
Sign up to receive CRN email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Polls
Who had more wins in 2014?

Latest Comments
CRN Magazine

Issue: 334 | December 2014

CRN Magazine looks in-depth at the emerging issues and developments for the channel, and provides insight, analysis and strategic information to help resellers better run their businesses.