Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Sep 2009 20:37 UTC
Internet & Networking As you all undoubtedly know, the European Union and Microsoft are trying to work out some sort of a settlement regarding the Internet Explorer case. Microsoft made a very detailed proposal for a browser ballot screen earlier this year, and the EU was relatively satisfied. Now, various browser makers have told Reuters that they are not satisfied with Microsoft's proposal.
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RE: Comment by holloway
by lemur2 on Tue 29th Sep 2009 00:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by holloway"
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"I'm guessing the other browser makers are afraid that OEMs will just stick to what they know - Internet Explorer - instead of going with something new." Also OEMs may have contractual requirements about default browsers, so allowing OEMs to do otherwise would go against the spirit of the idea. "I think it's all getting a little silly. I've argued before that the very success of Firefox, as well as the adoption rates for Chrome and Safari are indications that the browser market is actually much more competitive than most people think. I see much more merit in somehow (I don't know how) forcing Microsoft to adopt web standards. " So you don't believe in antitrust law at all, or perhaps you don't believe that Microsoft illegally slowed competition?

I agree about the idea of forcing Microsoft to follow the web standards.

Once a person has purchased a Microsoft OS on a mchine, they have already purchased it so there is not much point in bitching that they SHOULD be using this or that other software instead.

However, there IS still a point when it comes to delivering information and digital content to the platform that that person has bought. It should still be an open competition to provide information and digital content services to that client.

One should NOT, for example, be constrained to having to present such rich digital information and content to that person's machine using Silverlight. That is an abuse of the market.

The way that rich digital information and content is delivered should be via a set of standards that can be implemented on ANY platform. It most decidely should NOT be dictated by just one software vendor.

Edited 2009-09-29 00:41 UTC

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