Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2009 11:56 UTC
Internet & Networking Earlier this month, news got out that the European Commission is charging Microsoft with unlawful competition regarding its bundling of the Internet Explorer web bowser with Windows. At the time, information was scarce, but thanks to Microsoft's quarterly filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission. we now have a little more insight into what the EU might force Microsoft to do.
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Better measures
by shiva on Mon 26th Jan 2009 17:16 UTC
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In my opinion EU should force Microsoft and hardware companies to:

- make public the windows OEM prices for the consumers and all computer makers and integrators, even if MS set prices varying with the units sold.

- refund any windows OEM sold with computers if the client desn't want to pay it using in a simple procedure. You as consumer should not be obliged to pay for a computer "accessory" if you not want. For me the story that a computer cannot be sold without an operating system is a bullshit. Put a FreeDOS installation or give for free a linux livecd if it was true.

- include at least 2 IE competitors included in every computer with windows OEM sold and installed.

- remove thw windows update dependency of IE. MS should make independent applications to do it.

- MS should be forced to make free viewers for every proprietary file format created by the company and for at least 3 or 4 of the main non-MS operating systems, like MacOSX, linux. etc.

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