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Microsoft, new troubles in Europe

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More troubles coming to Europe for Microsoft.

It is today, in fact, the news that the CCIA, to the Computer and Communications Industry Association, a powerful and influential group of hi-tech companies which include companies such as AOL, Kodak, Nokia, Oracle, Yahoo, Fujitsu, Intuit Sun filed an appeal with the European Commission to report Redmond's violation of the laws governing free competition and the exercise of monopoly in EU countries.

According to the CCIA, in particular, the release of Windows XP would be intentionally used to consolidate its monopolistic position by distorting the market.

The 260-page document presented to Mario Monti systematically illustrates the methodologies used by Microsoft to maintain its domain "which reaches every corner of Europe and damages every business and every consumer who uses a computer"

The CCIA indicates, in particular, the continuation of the practice of including applications in the operating system, a system that crushes competition. For this reason, the association calls for the separation of applications from the OS, a request already advanced also during the process that took place in the USA.

In listing the damage produced by this strategy, the CCIA explicitly cites Apple as Microsoft's only consumer competitor but whose market penetration is constantly falling and now below 5% worldwide.

"Microsoft – says the association – exports this model to a growing number of markets, damaging consumers, raising prices and decreasing choice and innovation"

As a remedy, the CCIA requests the publication of the terms of licensing of its products to OEMs, the prohibition of integrating applications at the operating system level, the inclusion of the Java machine and the use of a standard system for the synchronization of clients and server.

Recall that EU is already examining two other complaints against Microsoft. One concerns the use of monopolistic systems to favor one's servers in connecting to Microsoft clients, the second the bundle of Windows Media Player in the operating system.