Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:17 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Legal Microsoft suffered a stunning defeat on Monday when a European Union court backed a European Commission ruling that the US software giant illegally abused its market power to crush competitors. The European Union's second-highest court dismissed the company's appeal on all substantive points of the 2004 antitrustruling. The court said Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice. The verdict, which may be appealed only on points of law and not of fact, could force Microsoft to change its business practices.
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by dylansmrjones on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:12 UTC in reply to "APIs"
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Actually such HTML-components can easily be replaced by compatible alternatives.

The IE ActiveX Control ought to be removable because there is an alternative with quite some compatibility (Mozilla ActiveX Control).

Rather than relying on a specific HTML-component, the OS ought to have a framework for HTML-components. Think translators or plug-ins. Applications could then use the HTML-widget without having to worry about the actual rendering engine behind the widget, due to the plug-in / translator structure.

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