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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RE: Heres hoping
by MollyC on Mon 17th Sep 2007 20:30 UTC in reply to "Heres hoping"
MollyC
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2006-07-04

"I'm fine with MS releasing their own software with Windows, heck I think that bundled applications give the product more value for the consumer.

However I feel that the consumer should be able to easily remove the programs and use alternatives."


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I don't know about Vista, but XP already has the "Program Access and Defaults" control panel, that provides a central place where the user can choose the default media player, web browser, email client, IM client, and JVM. And besides merely altering the default programs for these areas, the same control panel can even be used to block all access to Microsoft's own offerings in these areas. And OEMs can ship there systems using whatever default programs they want to use. (OEMs can't remove undrlying DLLs, nor does this control panel allow such an action, since those DLLs provide part of the Windows API. )

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