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: APIs
by Kroc on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:14 UTC in reply to "APIs"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Whether kHTML in Konqeror, WebKit in Safari, or Trident in IE, the HTML rendering engine is part of the OS. You are right that the browser is just a shell around this, and that is the same of almost all 1st party platform browsers.

However, Microsoft doesn't get rid of the shell at all when you try remove IE. If you click the mail button in MSN, it _always_ brings up IE, regardless of which is your default browser. There is no option to change this behaviour. You are stuck with this retarded behaviour.

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RE[2]: APIs
by dylansmrjones on Mon 17th Sep 2007 16:20 in reply to "RE: APIs"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Actually, Konqueror is an optional part of KDE, just like Epiphany is optional in Gnome.

I'm a Gnome User and I don't have Epiphany (or Evolution for that matter) installed. I do have Konqueror installed though (and therefore also KDE since KDE is a dependency for Konqueror).

You can have KDE without KHTML and you can have Gnome without Gecko/GTKHtml but you cannot have Windows without Trident/IE.

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RE[2]: APIs
by PlatformAgnostic on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:39 in reply to "RE: APIs"
PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

There's a really obvious reason for this: the interaction with other browsers has not been subjected to testing. They probably don't want to allow other browsers to be launched from Messenger because they haven't tested the interactions and are afraid of a bug similar to that Firefox url validation thing that came up last year (IE and firefox do the validation in different places, making Firefox vulnerable when IE was not).

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