Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Jan 2009 15:29 UTC
Internet Explorer After successfully battling Microsoft over the company's bundling of Windows Media Player, the European Union is now ready for more. The European Commission has charged Microsoft with violating competition laws because of the Microsoft's bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows.
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RE[5]: Again?
by Clinton on Sun 18th Jan 2009 05:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Again?"
Clinton
Member since:
2005-07-05

I don't think the problem is that Windows comes with IE pre-installed, but rather that you can't get rid of the dumb thing. Microsoft purposefully "integrated" it into the OS. That's what people are upset about.

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RE[6]: Again?
by lemur2 on Sun 18th Jan 2009 07:49 in reply to "RE[5]: Again?"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I don't think the problem is that Windows comes with IE pre-installed, but rather that you can't get rid of the dumb thing. Microsoft purposefully "integrated" it into the OS. That's what people are upset about.


Not only that, but also that the browser has a lot of non-standard and proprietary-to-Microsoft technology in it.

Siverlight is yet another new instance of the same type of thing.

The clear intent is to get web content as much as possible to require Microsoft-only technologies on the clients to view it. Anyone wishing to surf the web would then need to do so from a Windows platform.

That is what is so objectionable, and that, very much, is what is anti-trust about Microsoft irremovably bundling IE with Windows.

The Internet is intended to be platform independent, a world-wide resource for everyone to use. Microsoft must not be allowed to corrupt that.

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RE[6]: Again?
by nberardi on Sun 18th Jan 2009 17:40 in reply to "RE[5]: Again?"
nberardi Member since:
2005-07-10

Can you get rid of Safari on OSX? Can I swap out FireFox for browsing the Apple iTunes Store inside iTunes? No it is tightly integrated in.

So I would respect you guys a lot more if you actually took the same stance for all instances of vendor lock in, not just the companies who you have decided to hate for whatever reason.

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