Is Microsoft a monopoly?

Summary:Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record $690m fine imposed by the European Commission.

Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record $690m fine imposed by the European Commission.

The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.

A probe concluded in 2004 that Microsoft was guilty of freezing out rivals in server software and products such as media players. 

There are about a billion PCs in the tech ecosystem and more than 80% of them run Microsoft operating system.

Four questions:

First, is Microsoft a monopoly?

[poll id=176]

Second, if you think that it is, what should be done about it?

Thirdly, what are your thoughts on the fine imposed?

Finally, what are your thoughts on this:

"A market level of much less than 95 percent would be a way of measuring success," European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told a news conference, referring to the market share of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

"You can't draw a line and say exactly 50 (percent) is correct, but a significant drop in market share is what we would like to see," she said.

Thoughts?

Topics: Microsoft

About

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.