Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2007 22:10 UTC
Legal Opera, based in Norway, announced Thursday that it had filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission, alleging that Microsoft is abusing its dominant position by bundling IE with the Windows operating system. Opera also claimed that Microsoft is hindering interoperability by not following accepted open Web standards. Microsoft struck back Friday, indicating that it would not willingly unbundle IE from Windows. "We believe the inclusion of the browser into the operating system benefits consumers, and that consumers and PC manufacturers are already free to choose to use any browsers they wish," a Microsoft representative said. "Internet Explorer has been an integral part of the Windows operating system for over a decade and supports a wide range of Web standards."
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by ccchips on Wed 19th Dec 2007 19:56 UTC
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I'm amazed how well people have forgotten that Microsoft "integerated" the browser in their operating system because they were afraid of Netscape and Java destroying their OLE and DDE implementation plans for the "network" (which wasn't to be what we call the Internet by the way, but something akin to it that their business partners were cooking up.)

The big problem here isn't that the Europeans age on them about that, it's that the Americans didn't have the backbone to finish the job.

Microsoft has done a lot of good. So have a lot of people who are spending the rest of their lives in jail because they also killed someone.

Opera has every business calling this to the attention of the world, again, because it wasn't settled the first time.

Let me make this clear: It's not that Microsoft bundles IE with the operating system, it's because it can't be taken out, and it's also *why* they did it, and that they continue to work the browser to the same ends.

By rights, a user should be able to completely replace IE with Firefox, Opera, or whatever they choose. The courts agreed with this view, and agreed that Microsoft was engaging in heinous activity, using the web browser as a weapon. This does *not* benefit anyone, much less consumers (except perhaps Microsoft, since their trick seems to have largely worked.)

If I could turn back the clock, I would try to do more to encourage the courts when we had the chance. As it is, Opera has a hard row to hoe, but hopefully they are successful.

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