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[4]: Typical EU
by JAlexoid on Thu 7th Mar 2013 16:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Typical EU"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

But pluh-ease, this internet browser affair is so childish it leaves me puzzled. Users just have to seek for another web browser if the one provided with does not suit their tastes, many have done by themselves. Why EU should force Microsoft to do so ?


It's childish because "someone" has not read the reasoning behind this all. It's bundling, pure and simple. It's illegal, when it hurts market competition. By being the default, users are lead to believe that it's the only way to experience the web. If it weren't for Google, IE would still be there at 60%. The market forces have failed that market, because Microsoft's OS is not substitutable.

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