Skip to comments.Microsoft Ordered to Delete Browser
Posted on 01/17/2009 3:46:50 AM PST by reaganaut1
BRUSSELS (AP) The European Union said Friday that Microsofts practice of selling the Internet Explorer browser together with its Windows operating system violated the unions antitrust rules.
It ordered the software giant to untie the browser from its operating system in the 27-nation union, enabling makers of rival browsers to compete fairly.
Microsofts tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system harms competition between Web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice, the E.U. said in a statement.
It gave Microsoft eight weeks to respond, adding that the company could defend its position in a hearing if it found that useful.
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It is convenient for Windows to come with the Internet Explorer browser, and they can install alternatives such as FireFox in a few minutes. What's the problem?
M$ ought to just tell the EU to live without Windows and Office from now on.
Mircosoft should simply ignore these fools just to see what happens.
“..............could defend its position in a hearing if it found that useful.”
You’re right. What can they do? Microsoft probably has more money than the EU, so they can’t hurt them there.
For all the problems with Microsoft, just think that most of us wouldn’t even have a computer if Microsoft hadn’t made it easy for us.
I’m trying to think of an alternative means of someone who isn’t that familiar with computers installing an internet browser, and it’s not coming to mind very easily.
How did I install FireFox? Well, I logged onto Internet Explorer, typed in FireFox into Google, and downloaded it.
These anti-Microsoft fools are making life harder on everyone.
Careful, you’re not allowed to say anything negative about Apple or anything positive about Microsoft on this board.
You watch Microsoft will just have it programmed to automatically download with Windows Update anyways.
Which is why these lawsuits are happening!
Jealous little EU. Any time anything is successful, it becomes a target for them. They’ve been after Microsoft for years.
I am curious how the Free Trader/Globalists are going to explain this one away...
Microsoft has no choice but to follow the EU....or they will lose a lucrative market. Lets see them try to recoup their European losses by selling to low-paid Asians and Latin Americans (good luck). Maybe they can adjust their browsers to not allow Falun Gong or Christian websites in Communist China...
I really have little sympathy for Microsoft....for they are so quick to fire Americans and hire foreigners....and campaign for the US to bring in illegals and H1-B visas. Their push to de-Americanize themselves has hit a huge roadblock...and their options are either bad...or not so good.
The problem with decoupling IE is that it really isn't decoupled. Outlook and Explorer are both intertwined with the functionality as is the desktop and menus. Uninstalling IE on any windows OS since Win95 would render the GUI almost inoperable.
Does DeBeers know that they have anti trust rules in Europe
*** Gill Bates!
Certainly the best browser Microsoft has yet produced.
For that matter, the Windows 7 Beta rocks as well. I installed it over my Vista OS several days ago and haven't looked back. Very exciting products.
No sorrow here. Microsoft cheats. Microsoft used its operating system to promote Word which killed off Word Perfect. Microsoft used its operating system to promote Excel which killed off Lotus 1,2,3. Microsoft used its operating system to promote Explorer which killed off Netscape.
Microsoft stole Apple’s technology to develop Windows. Apple only responded in court too late and too little.
No question about it, Microsoft cheats.
Europe is going to be forced to buy something, and the thing will have to work. That’s irony.
So how can one download a competitive browser on one’s new OS installation if there's no browser at all? Going to have to have a browser installation CD on hand first... What about all the OS patches and drivers required on a new installation all requiring a browser?
Microsoft ought to remove it just to spite the EU. Then see how the people feel about their retarded bureaucrats in charge...
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