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Legal After Microsoft's extortion racket has failed to stop Android, and after Oracle's crazy baseless lawsuit failed to stop Android, and after Nokia adopting Windows Phone failed to stop Android, Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle are now grasping the next straw in their fruitless efforts to stop Android: they've filed an antitrust complaint with the EU, claiming Google unfairly bundles applications with Android.
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RE[4]: IE bundled with Windows
by lucas_maximus on Thu 11th Apr 2013 12:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: IE bundled with Windows"
lucas_maximus
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It does, however, tie you into Windows, no bullshit. "ActiveX" and "dll" are Windows terms. They have no place in web-facing services.


Choice of developers of said websites/web-application. At no point did Microsoft mandate them to write code this way. Also as we are using the past tense I think you mean "It did tie you into Windows".

No problem. Please refrain from them yourself


I wasn't speaking utter rubbish.

The anti-trust problem was not only that IE was bundled with Windows, but also that it was not offered for any other platform other than Windows, and that it included non-open methods such that some web services could only work if the client's browser was IE running under Windows.


A web-service cannot be windows specific. If it is then it isn't a web-service.

What you actually mean is that their client side code would only work with IE.

For quite some while I was offered Internet Banking services from my bank only if I was prepared to buy a Windows machine to access the Internet with. In the end I changed my bank.

To this very day, if I want to interact with some slow-to-change government departments in my country, such as the tax office to file a tax return online, then I am required to use a Windows machine and IE as the browser.

Utterly unacceptable.


This has nothing to do with Microsoft that your previous bank's web developers didn't know how to write cross browser code.

Also it actually makes sense why there is that requirement because most banks have very tightly controlled internal computing environments and they are probably only allowed to use IE, thus the site is only tested against IE and the bank can only probably guarantee the site works with IE.

Anyway wouldn't it have been easier to change your UA string than your bank?

Edited 2013-04-11 12:21 UTC

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