Airbus filed a petition in late August supporting Microsoft's appeal to overturn the EU's decision fining MSFT some $605 million (and use the money to subsidize French Farmers) over the Media player flap. Airbus said that, by the same logic, it could one day be forced to allow makers of galleys and seats other than its choice to outfit its new planes. The problem was that this was done in private. Only a few days ago it was made public.
Well yesterday Airbus said “oops we don't believe this was a good idea” and withdrew its petition.”
Yea Right. Mark my words, the European Commission pressured Airbus using the anti-US European governments that prop up Airbus to drop its brief via pressure from Airbus' parent the (heavily subsidized) European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company.
These strongarm measures have to go. The EU should look up capitalism in the dictionary.