July 21, 2006
Free Software Sets the Computing Agenda
The news that the European Commission is to fine Microsoft - €280.5 million has naturally provoked plenty of headlines, both in the technical and non-technical press. But big as that number might seem, it is in truth a gnat-bite as far as the Microsoft behemoth is concerned: last year its net income was $12 billion, and it holds cash and short-term investments worth over $39 billion. Against this background, the EU's fine is a little more than an accountancy rounding error.