This week, Microsoft dropped its appeal in the European version of the antitrust action against the company that has been proceeding for about ten years. The European Commissioner for Competition Policy Neelie Kroes notes that there are now "clear precedents" for enforcement of anti-competitive remedies levied against Redmond.
There are precedents all right. Very bad precedents, as we will see over the coming years as similar actions are brought (I predict) against other technology companies. Read more about Microsoft's EU Antitrust Case: A Clearly Bad Precedent