We're not big Microsoft fans here , I currently am writing this on a Mac. However, let's not forget how Microsoft revolutionized the computer age. They may seem like a bloated organization, but even 10 years ago they were considered one of the most innovative companies in the world. They've made companies like Google and Yahoo possible.
The EU has always had it out for Bill and the team and I'll be one of those to say that it's out of control. I never considered the act from Microsoft as monopolistic, they never barred competition from entry into a market like railroad barons or Major League Baseball. Without going into boring legal detail, they're guilty of bundling products and services (like every company in the world) in order to maintain market share.
So now the hacks in the EU want to fine Microsoft $2.4million a day. For what? Have they opened their eyes lately? Innovation hasn't been stifled. Google is bigger than ever. Firefox has a healthy browser market share. Don't let me get started on Apple and the success of OSX. Most organizations building online applications don't have any Microsoft tools, databases or run the operating system. So what gives? Why again, is it illegal to make a buck or require partners and vars to bundle your services? I guess it's just because you're Microsoft.
What's next? Auto manufactures won't be able to "bundle" radios as not to impede on innovation efforts by after market radio manufacturers?