Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:17 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Legal Microsoft suffered a stunning defeat on Monday when a European Union court backed a European Commission ruling that the US software giant illegally abused its market power to crush competitors. The European Union's second-highest court dismissed the company's appeal on all substantive points of the 2004 antitrustruling. The court said Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice. The verdict, which may be appealed only on points of law and not of fact, could force Microsoft to change its business practices.
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RE[2]: As you might expect
by Almafeta on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:55 UTC in reply to "RE: As you might expect"
Almafeta
Member since:
2007-02-22

Microsoft does not allow that.


XP: Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
Vista: Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features > [if necessary, Turn Windows Features On or Off].

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RE[3]: As you might expect
by Vanders on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:57 in reply to "RE[2]: As you might expect"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Try again. With your in-depth legal knowledge of the case I'm sure you're aware of the specific complaints and why your solution does not address them?

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RE[3]: As you might expect
by dylansmrjones on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:58 in reply to "RE[2]: As you might expect"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

I cannot uninstall WMP or IE.

I can hide them to some extent and have other applications as default applications, but I cannot get rid of them.

EDIT: Corrected IE7 to IE. It _is_ possible to rollback IE7 to IE6 in pre-Vista Windows.

Edited 2007-09-17 15:59 UTC

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RE[3]: As you might expect
by risbac on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:59 in reply to "RE[2]: As you might expect"
risbac Member since:
2007-03-29

And how to remove Internet Explorer using those tools? Is it really possible? I don't think so, that's the point here.

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RE[3]: As you might expect
by Kroc on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:10 in reply to "RE[2]: As you might expect"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

You cannot deinstall any of the apps in Vista. You cannot remove IE, you cannot remove Windows Gallery, Calendar, DVD Maker and so on. That's gigs of disk space you cannot easily claim back.

Don't want Safari on your Mac? Drag it to the bin, done. It won't rear its ugly head again every time you click a link in MSN and so on. It's gone - finito.

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RE[4]: As you might expect
by google_ninja on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:43 in reply to "RE[3]: As you might expect"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05
RE[4]: As you might expect
by jayson.knight on Mon 17th Sep 2007 18:10 in reply to "RE[3]: As you might expect"
jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"You cannot remove IE,...Don't want Safari on your Mac? Drag it to the bin, done."

That isn't a fair comparison; a better one would be WebKit -> IE as they are both the underlying frameworks powering their respective browsers. To my knowledge, you cannot uninstall WebKit from OSX without having side effects similar to what they would be on Windows if you ripped out all of the core IE dll's.

"That's gigs of disk space you cannot easily claim back. "

Also, all the apps you listed are maybe a couple hundred MB in size. Try again.

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RE[4]: As you might expect
by jabbotts on Tue 18th Sep 2007 13:35 in reply to "RE[2]: As you might expect"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Let me know how uninstalling IE from your winXP or Vista computer goes. I'd really love to read the simple steps through the control panel that let you do that.

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