Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 11:54 UTC
Legal "The European Commission has imposed a EUR 561 million fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with its commitments to offer users a browser choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser. In 2009, the Commission had made these commitments legally binding on Microsoft until 2014. In today's decision, the Commission finds that Microsoft failed to roll out the browser choice screen with its Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from May 2011 until July 2012. 15 million Windows users in the EU therefore did not see the choice screen during this period. Microsoft has acknowledged that the choice screen was not displayed during that time." Burn.
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RE[2]: Typical EU
by looncraz on Wed 6th Mar 2013 21:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Typical EU"
looncraz
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2005-07-24

An operating system is understood, legally, to consist of the following, in part, or grouped together.

1. A layer of software to abstract the hardware (kernel / drivers / HAL / file system).

2. A layer of software to permit application software to interface with the aforementioned software layer (API, libraries).

3. User interfaces to interact with and control 1 & 2.

A file system browser is protected as part of the OS as the file system is part of HAL (#1 above).

An internet browser, on the other hand, does not serve to interface with the HAL or API, though it obviously uses both, it serves to interact with external resources created by third parties. This, by definition, as an application.

Laws apply differently between the two. Microsoft can change their OS all they want, they have no obligation to provide alternative kernels, libraries, or UI. They do, however, have an obligation to not use their OS dominance to gain or enforce and advantage for any of their other products which fit the definition of application.

--The loon

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