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Russia says Microsoft monopolist in cutting XP sales

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Thu June 4, 2009

Russia Says MS Monopolist

The Russian government today accused Microsoft of monopolistic behavior in its treatment of Windows XP. Antitrust officials said they would launch an investigation in the belief that Microsoft was unfairly pulling the older operating system from stores before the market was ready. Although significant demand exists for XP in both public and private sectors, Microsoft has been insisting in some cases that these outlets use Windows Vista instead.

Windows XP's pricing is also considered a factor, though what this involves isn't clear. In the US, complaints have surfaced that Microsoft is abusing its position by charging extra for the Windows XP "downgrade" option, which preinstalls XP but gives a separate copy of Vista to install if or when the user is ready to upgrade.

Microsoft said it hadn't received a formal complaint, but the case is due to begin on July 24th.

Such cases are seen as rare in Russia and suggest the monopoly claims are substantial, putting added pressure on Microsoft to conform to local rules. In January, the European Union accused the American firm of abusing its web browser lead by denying other browsers an equal opportunity in the market. If successful, that case would require Microsoft give buyers a choice to download a non-IE browser the first time they use Windows.



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  1. martinX

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    Huh?

    This seems to be getting out of hand. Firstly, a company withdrawing one product from the market and promoting their new one isn't abuse of a monopoly position, it's called selling new stuff.

    If MS wants to cut their own throat because "the market isn't ready", that's their problem. FFS, it's been out for 2 years. If the market ain't ready now, then they should be using something else. It's not as if existing copies of XP stop working.

    Secondly, Windows users can download non-IE browsers by cruising over to firefox.com or opera.com or even apple.com. MS doesn't have to do anything at all, just not prevent them. Easy peasy. Unless the EC thinks its citizens are particularly thick of course...

  1. sigzero

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    Not a MS fan but...

    I see nothing wrong with it at all.

  1. testudo

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    market ready?

    Please! It's the PC market. They're never ready to move forward.

    And I recall Apple killing OS 9 before the market was ready, and no one sued them.

  1. luckyday

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    Russians?

    Russians are complaining? They don't actually pay for software they download!

  1. Terrin

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    Monopoly

    Microsoft has a monopoly so normal rules don't apply to it.

  1. Terrin

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    Monopoly

    Microsoft has a monopoly so normal rules don't apply to it.

  1. Terrin

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    Monopoly

    Microsoft has a monopoly so normal rules don't apply to it.

  1. Bobfozz

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    I have to agree with...

    lucky day.

    Mostly what we have heard is about Russians pirating everything MS. I am not MS fan at all, but I suspect the pirating of XP is still in full swing and to pirate Vista will take more effort... the money machine is already running, why stop it?

    The European Union is a bunch of crybabies too. Like martinX said, just use Firefox. Those professional politicians seem to have a lot of wax in their ears and their head.

  1. testudo

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    Re: monopoly

    Unless I missed it, Russia never declared MS a monopoly. That was the US (who then refused to do anything about it, thanks Bush administration!) and the EU (who apparently think that Windows Media Player is so freakin' great that including it in windows keeps people from using better choices like, uh, Real Player!

  1. IxOsX

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    Monopoly is obvious

    MS is a monopolistic company and this is obvious. If we have a Milk productor controling 90% of the market world wide is a monopoly. So why is not the windows system also a monopoly? It is!!! We can see everyday pressures from microsoft over hardware builders, forcing them to don't use Linux. Or the lies they say about OSX. Microsoft is monopoly! They control governements and countries.

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