Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2009 11:56 UTC
Internet & Networking Earlier this month, news got out that the European Commission is charging Microsoft with unlawful competition regarding its bundling of the Internet Explorer web bowser with Windows. At the time, information was scarce, but thanks to Microsoft's quarterly filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission. we now have a little more insight into what the EU might force Microsoft to do.
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It should be force standards police
by acobar on Mon 26th Jan 2009 13:53 UTC
acobar
Member since:
2005-11-15

I'm, for sure, not a Microsoft, or IBM, or Sun or any company follower by any stretch. Making a live from development and software/network support make us put things in perspective.

If the governments really want to keep competitiveness on market, they really should push very hard on open standards and interoperability an then let companies compete. Any other arbitrary way to force how/what companies offer is just that, arbitrariness. Do you want to sell a new software to deal with user files? Fine, it must be shipped from day one with a way to be perfectly exported to a standard format with no loss in functionality or not be allowed at all. Is your project to be accessed by internet? Should not go online unless the more important browser can handle it.

But what we see? Web portals from government that must be accessed by a particular browser! What a joke!

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aquila_deus Member since:
2005-10-02

Because .... well I have been telling ppl that ;)

EU doesn't want to fix the problem. They just want to do something sound to calm silly people and incompetent & whinning companies in europe.

There is no problem with the supposedly-monopoly OS or web issue. If they want they could break it overnight by replacing all windows installation and forcing all gov websites to follow W3C's standard.

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arlix Member since:
2009-01-17

You have no clue how antitrust works.

Basically antitrust law is not political. It does not follow a political agenda except as to enforce competition laws. It also has nothing to do with other policies.

In a order driven governmental structure, you don't investigate in order to find something to punish a company. You have a law, you have a complaint, you investigate the complaint, you hear the accused party, you decide if the market order was infringed by the pratices.

If the EU really wanted to go after Microsoft it would have a close look at the enforcement of its state procurement rules.

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