Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Jul 2006 17:49 UTC, submitted by gary elienor
Microsoft Microsoft pledged to 'play fair' on all its future operating systems, including Windows Vista, will abide by self-imposed rules aimed at bolstering choice and competition. The announcement comes just a week after the European regulators slapped the company with a USD 357.3 million fine for noncompliance with a 2004 antitrust ruling.
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Re: but
by UglyKidBill on Thu 20th Jul 2006 23:36 UTC
UglyKidBill
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2005-07-27

@HanZo

>>>One thing I was wondering... why doesn't anybody say something about apple bundling every kind of software with their OS? Ok Apple does not detain 80% or whatever it is of the market share... and Apple did not kill netscape, but still, when you buy a mac there are more apps bundled with the OS than in Windoze. Sure you can install your own... but how many do that?
I'm not trying to defend MS... it's just something that came to my mind...


MS is/was not accused so much for bundling many applications, instead it is accused for
* Prohibiting OEMs to bundle non-MS apps if they wanted to or iff the customers wanted to.
* Prohibiting OEMs to remove MS applications
* Making some apps hard or even impossible to be uninstalled
* Making some MS apps behave in such a way that they would block or turn too difficult the installation of apps made by competitors.

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RE: Re: but
by MollyC on Fri 21st Jul 2006 00:33 in reply to "Re: but"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

MS is/was not accused so much for bundling many applications, instead it is accused for
* Prohibiting OEMs to bundle non-MS apps if they wanted to or iff the customers wanted to.
* Prohibiting OEMs to remove MS applications
* Making some apps hard or even impossible to be uninstalled
* Making some MS apps behave in such a way that they would block or turn too difficult the installation of apps made by competitors.


None of that applies to Apple since Apple is its own OEM (after they killed of the Mac clones because the clones were outcompeting Apple itself). But from a consumer's point of view (which is what I care about; damn the OEM's and their crapware ad-ons), Mac buyers are more locked in with fewer choices than Windows PC buyers. Hell, you can't even add a different search engine to OSX's default browser, let alone change the default (due to Apple's *exclusive* deal with Google). So Mac fans should be wary of acting like Apple is an angel of some sort. They're no better than MS.

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RE[2]: Re: but
by vikramsharma on Fri 21st Jul 2006 12:24 in reply to "RE: Re: but"
vikramsharma Member since:
2005-07-06

Nobody is saying that Apple's an angel, none of the companies are. Google is the most popular search engine and thats why apple has made it a default search engine in Safari, the same can be said about Firefox, Camino, Seamonkey and Opera. Safaricon and Safari Enhancer enable you to change the default search engine to yahoo, msn or altavista etc. We do have choices, to lazy to exercise our options. Enabling the debug menu in Safari you can also change the useragent to Internet Explorer 6.0 running on Windows XP.

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