Lol - what did i tell you chappies- MS has already started buying people out- that means their worried bad!
"In a barely-registered coup earlier this month Microsoft recruited senior European Commission official Detlef Eckert. But thats not a problem - Eckert, who it is understood will be joining The Beast on the 1st of December, "has had nothing to do with the Microsoft competition case," the FTs "Observer" gossip column tells us, but simply "had responsibility to roll out broadband communications."
Oh really? Although both the Commission and Eckert assured the FT there was no possible conflict of interest, the entry in the Commissions internal Guide des Services for Eckerts unit of DGIS (Directorate General, Information Society) includes, in that case, numerous baffling entries.
Two of the staff reporting to him specifically cover "competition cases," and if you include economic analysis (some considerable overlap here, surely), then out of a total of eleven (excluding support staff), four have posts that would appear to have some considerable relevance to competition policy. And if theyre not doing approximately what their job descriptions say, then one wonders what they are doing. "
View: EL Reg