Record EU fine for Intel
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 20:10

EU fines Intel €1.06

This follows on from the massive fines imposed on Microsoft.

What does this tell us about anti-competitive behaviour and the country where both of these companies are based?

Some may suggest that the US follows some dubious business practices in making money and squeezing out the competition. Microsoft has done some questionable things in the past, starting with the error message that appeared when you tried to load the Windows operating system but were not using Microsoft's DOS operating system on your computer. Read more about this. (new window)

It looks like Intel have been squeezing the competition too.

It comes as a big surprise to me that companies are willing to commit the future of their business to Microsoft's software when it is so prone to viruses and other malware. Similarly we now need to question the decision by Apple to move over to the Intel range of processors.

Companies should look to their own future and enure that they have more than one source of supply for essential components. It is in everyone's interest that there is more than one supplier.

If you want a prime example of this look at the sale of internet domain names, when these started out the cost was US $80 per year, and there was just one place you could buy them. That was more than 10 years ago and it was a vast sum of money.

Now there are many people selling and acting as name registrars you can buy names for around US $10.50 a year.

Competition works and we need more of it, not just in the commercial field but also in areas that are traditionally seen as the province of government.

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