Vienna, Austria—As spring comes to the Danube river valley, the green in the hills isn’t the only sign of reprieve from the long, dark winter. Employees of Visio Guy, an internet-based firm, also sighed relief—and jumped for joy—as the final judgment in a bitter lawsuit came down.
The case ended after months of courtroom-squabbling, with the plaintiff accusing the EU of digging into Microsoft’s deep pockets, crippling competition, stifling the IT-business climate, and hurting the little guy, while the defendant countered with claims that the plaintiff “just wanted to work from home”, and “sought to profiteer from pay-per-click online advertising instead of working at Siemens for 30 years, like a good German-speaker should.”
Visio Guy’s CEO was available for comment:
“We’re really glad to see the word of the powers-that-be point our way. They [defendant] were not only hurting Microsoft, but also killing the drive to excel and cutting-off access to a brighter future. I mean, what kind of outlook does business have if success is rewarded with mega-fines? The vista was bleak: they were closing the windows on our children’s future—robbing them of the hopes and dreams of starting a business that one day might grow to become something really big!
Plus, with the necessary cutbacks at Microsoft, I had to buy my own ticket to the MVP Global Summit this year…”