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Reader Feedback Friday: Microsoft and the EU

It's old-ish news by now, but an EU court's ruling against Microsoft in the company's antitrust case generated some comments we haven't yet run.

William is all for placating the EU...and then letting the free market take hold:

"Why doesn't Microsoft just give in to the EU and provide them with their requested stripped-down product? In the meantime, let our free enterprise system do its job. If Microsoft gives the EU a choice between the full-blown Microsoft product or a stripped-down version -- which, by the way, should cost more in order to customize the software to meet [the EU's] needs -- we all would see just how far the EU would really take this issue. Isn't that what free enterprise is all about?"

It is, William. Too bad free enterprise isn't such a popular concept across the pond.

Dan, on the other hand, takes issue, if briefly, with our contention that the EU wants to knock an American company down a few pegs:

"No country is more guilty of screwing successful foreign companies than the U.S."

Maybe, Dan...but do two wrongs make a right?

Posted by Lee Pender on October 05, 2007 at 11:54 AM


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