0%: That's what the European Union's Commission thinks Microsoft deserves for licensing its vital communications code -- a stance that would enable Microsoft rivals to manufacture software compatible with its dominant Windows operating system. CNBC's Jim Goldman reported on the latest chapter in the seemingly never-ending antitrust saga.
Goldman, who writes the CNBC.com Tech Check blog, reminded "Power Lunch" viewers that the EU had a different point of view three years ago: After demanding that Microsoft share its data with competitors, the body's regulatory arm also said that the software leviathan "could attach a royalty to the data."
But after Bill Gates' company filed to charge "nearly 6%" of any competitor's server revenues as a licensing fee, the EU balked. Calling the rate "excessive," the Continental regulator has done an about-face, and now says Microsoft must share the data for free.