Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:03 UTC
Windows In a move to basically outflank the EU antitrust investigation, Microsoft has announced that all version of Windows 7 shipped in Europe will not include Internet Explorer 8 by default. This is reminiscent of the Windows XP N editions, which did not include Windows Media Player, but the difference here is that Microsoft will not ship versions of Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8 in Europe.
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RE[2]: EU being unfair?
by Drumhellar on Fri 12th Jun 2009 09:38 UTC in reply to "RE: EU being unfair?"
Drumhellar
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The EU does NOT demand Microsoft is bundling competitor's products.

Well, of course they aren't demanding Microsoft bundle other browsers, but that IS what they've been leaning towards. Also, the user does have a choice already. The EU was attempting to make Microsoft force the choice.

That is why Microsoft decided to un-bundle the browser. Well, that, and to hopefully avoid another massive fine.

The EU is demanding only that the user has the choice

Again, the consumer does have a choice. For example, I'm primarily a Windows user, but IE sucks. I choose to use Firefox instead. I have since v0.7 or so. Of course, I couldn't easily download it without IE already installed.

- not the company itself.

Why shouldn't the company have a choice? It is their product to sell. They do have responsibilities to their investors.

Microsoft frequently abuses their position as a monopoly, but bundling a browser isn't an abuse. It definitely isn't an abuse when they are rapidly losing ground to Firefox.

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