Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 06, 2007 11:30 AM
I don't think tying per se is illegal anywhere, including the states. Some sorts of tying are, some are not. It might be illegal if one of the products is completely independent of the other, but since the Operating System affects the machine's behavior (and it can affect Dell's operations, for instance in support since they are likely to use Windows tools to troubleshoot a machine) it will most likely not be considered illegal tying by most courts. Microsoft was banned from forcing OEMs to include Windows with every system, but no OEM was banned from including Windows with every system if they think it will save them money.