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06.11.09

Russia to Microsoft: Stop Forcing People to Buy Windows

Posted in Antitrust, Asia, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 6:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Microsoft’s uncompromisable bundling of Windows leads to antitrust probe in Russia

IN THE month of April we saw Microsoft dumping software on Russia in order to stifle GNU/Linux progress and/or antitrust action (both are related to one another).

Ever since then, we’ve seen Microsoft Russia trying to control/reduce the damage, but amid visits to nearby regions Microsoft Russia got exposed and antitrust action initiated [1, 2, 3], culminating in what officially become a probe into Microsoft’s bundling practices. From yesterday’s news:

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said Wednesday that it had opened a case against six major notebook producers, following consumers’ complaints that they were being forced to buy Microsoft’s Windows operating system along with new computers.

The issue of bundling is one which we previously discussed (with external references) in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6].

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    June 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm

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    If Russia can succeed, then the rest of the countries will follow. On e Windows is behind us and nothing more than a bad legacy, then we can also leave that dreadful x86 architecture on the digital landfill along side it.

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