The Boons, Banes and Mysteries of Microsoft’s Window 7

If you are unsatisfied Vista user, you can bring your chin up and look forward to the upcoming release of the Windows 7 operating system. The last truly successful operating system release by Microsoft was its Windows XP which had many happy and satisfied buyers. So after the unexpected flop of Windows Vista, the millions who had bought the product and ended up being disappointed in it, are now feeling cheated and feel that Microsoft owes it to them to release a fully functional and almost-perfect Windows 7 version, which should be offered to Vista users at a more than reasonable rate.

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Internet Explorer Will Ship With Windows 7 After All

Microsoft’s operations in the European Union have always been rocky and have already twice been punctuated with hefty regulatory fines. In a 2004 anti-trust ruling, the EU fined Microsoft 497 million euros (794 million dollars) and asked the software giant to remove multimedia software in copies of Windows XP that were to be sold in Europe. The reason given for the order was that Microsoft was stifling competition in the software market by not fully disclosing how non-Microsoft software could interact with Windows. In 2008, the EU meted its biggest fine ever. Microsoft was levied 899 million euros (1.3 billion dollars) for not complying fully with the conditions that the EU set forth in the 2004 ruling.

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