Originally Posted by newtekie1
And why hasn't Microsoft said "Suck it, we are disabling all Windows copies in Europe if you don't let us do what we want. Lets see you country function without Windows PCs and Servers."
IMO, if it isn't illegal for other companies to do it(I am looking at you here Apple) then it shouldn't be illegal for Microsoft to do it, near-monopoly or not.
Lets compare the revenue theyd lose and the cost of these fines. Hmm, i somehow dont see a cost-benefit analysis show that Microsoft should withdraw from the market. As for the monopoly issue, it has to be done to prevent exploitation. Whether the EU are right in this case or not, being a monopoly does mean that your conduct should be regulated.