Europe Fights For Competition And Innovation With Its Decision On Microsoft.

The U.S. gave up regulating monopolies in technology years ago and the decision by the European Court of First Instance to force Microsoft to open up its monopoly should be welcomed. Yes, Microsoft will appeal but the pressure to open up its system and allow competitors (many of them European) to plug in is a major win for innovation. Consumers are bound to win as well, with more choices for them. Of course, the marketplace is already providing serious competition to the Microsoft monopoly, with Firefox, Linus and Google online providing alternatives. IBM just announced Symphony, a suite of applications that compete with Microsoft’s Office—and it’s free.

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