Tying not Bundling

Small Business Trends posts on how the recent European Union – Microsoft anti-trust ruling hurts small business. To summarize: Microsoft product bundling raises the lowest common denominator of business software, making small business owners more effective. Which is true – as far as it goes. However it misses the mark by confusing tying with bundling.

The EU ruled that Microsoft abused its market power … by tying its Windows Media Player with its ubiquitous Windows operating system. People want to buy bundled products. People have to buy tied products. Microsoft already has tremendous legal advantages, do we have to allow them illegal advantages as well?