RealNetworks files antitrust suit against Microsoft: I guess I saw this coming, but I find it hard to have sympathy. Real Player is the most annoying piece of software ever devised. It’s like an over-eager puppy, jumping up on you every time you do something — system tray icons that flash at you all the time, start-up processes, animated ads all over the player, etc. Microsoft or no, Real Player’s entire approach doomed them to failure, even if they had been the only player in the market.
Streaming media provider RealNetworks on Thursday sued Microsoft on antitrust charges, accusing the software giant of illegally using its Windows monopoly to limit consumer choice in digital media.
The suit, filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., alleges that Microsoft has “pursued a broad course of predatory conduct over a period of years…resulting in substantial lost revenue and business for RealNetworks,” according to a statement from RealNetworks.