January 14 2008
On a day when Microsoft would probably like to be celebrating the next step in their uphill battle to make the Office 2007 formats an international standard, instead they get this:
After nearly a decade of anti-trust battles between the European Commission and Microsoft, it is finally time for the real war to begin. ...As IBM is mentioned as being connected to this on the complaint side, I probably can't say anything about this particular news story here....
This time around, the stakes are much higher. Each of the issues now under Europe's Microscope is far more central to the company's business. With the Office suite of desktop applications, for instance, Brussels is investigating whether Microsoft unfairly keeps its file formats and other technologies secret so that documents and spreadsheets can't easily be exchanged with rival pieces of software, such as Open Office. Force it to open up, argue rivals, and business customers would feel freer to switch. ...
The third element of the ECIS case concerns the close connections between Microsoft's widely used Outlook email software, which runs on PCs and other "clients", and the Exchange program on servers.
Opening up the links between these programs will make it possible for others to write software that works smoothly with Exchange, rivals claim.
Link: Financial Times: Stakes rise in battle with Microsoft >