A Huge amount, even for Redmond giant.
Ok, this is only first stage, they’ll appeal.
Microsoft’s always been a strong supporter of software patents in Europe (notably through BSA funding). May be they gonna think twice now.
Even if they can settle the case for a reasonable amount of money, how long before they get a hit they can’t stand ?
How many more before people understand that software patents turn the world’s business into a minefield where nobody can master the risks ?
And like with any minefield, everybody gets hurt, everybody loses.