"I've watched the emerging deal between the EU and Microsoft
over the last weeks with increasing skepticism. From the moment the
ECJ decided that Microsoft was indeed guilty of abusing its
dominant position, it seemed clear that the vendor was negotiating
its way through the wet paper bag that the EU--indeed the
global--anti-trust policy has become.
"The EU Commission steps down in 2009, and any appeal would have
taken three years at least, damning Kroes and her department to
eternal infamy as the anti-trust team who could not get Microsoft
to back down..."
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