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]: Heres hoping
by Almafeta on Mon 17th Sep 2007 21:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Heres hoping"
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I don't know about Vista, but XP already has the "Program Access and Defaults" control panel, that provides a central place where the user can choose the default media player, web browser, email client, IM client, and JVM.

Vista uses 'Default Programs,' in the base of the Start Menu.

A bit too prominent of a place I think, considering how often you might use it (once or twice a year at most, only when some piece of malware or poorly-defined software changes your default applications without your consent, although Vista should prevent this with UAC), but it's quite obviously there.

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