Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Jul 2012 21:12 UTC
Windows The moment Microsoft announced it would lock other browsers out of being installed on Windows RT, we all knew regulatory bodies the world over were wringing their hands. Today, this has been confirmed: in the wake of an investigation into Microsoft not complying with the existing antitrust rulings regarding browser choice, the EU has also announced it's investigating Windows 8 x86 and Windows 8 RT (ARM).
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RE[3]: How to restore competition
by kaiwai on Thu 19th Jul 2012 11:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: How to restore competition"
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Whether Windows is the only thing viable or not, why can't any consumer or business buy a desktop or laptop without paying for Windows from any major supplier? What if I already have a copy of Windows or need to downgrade to something else? Do you know that there are many enterprises spending money on unused Windows 7 licenses because they can no longer purchase an XP downgrade with each new system they buy?

Enterprise customers right now can purchase directly and not have an operating system installed.

Regarding consumers - it has always been a problem and I really can't see much being done to resolve it until there is a way to force vendors to offer a BTO of not having an operating system installed. I know back when i purchased my Dell desktop I requested Windows 98SE not to be installed because I already had a copy of Microsoft Windows 2000 and I was hoping to save a few bucks - sorry, I wasn't allowed to ask for a computer with no operating system. IMHO things won't really improve in that area until there is more transparency also in the pricing of Windows but like the above I doubt it'll happen anytime soon.

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