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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Typical...
by orestes on Mon 26th Jan 2009 17:37 UTC
orestes
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2005-07-06

The Europeans seem to have this insane thing for wasting public funds going after remedies that the buying public doesn't actually want.

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RE: Typical...
by dmantione on Mon 26th Jan 2009 19:53 in reply to "Typical... "
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2005-07-06

It's a win-win situation. The EU get funded by MS rather than taxes, and we will pay less for Microsoft software once competition is restored ;)

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RE: Typical...
by WorknMan on Mon 26th Jan 2009 20:36 in reply to "Typical... "
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2005-11-13

The Europeans seem to have this insane thing for wasting public funds going after remedies that the buying public doesn't actually want.


Exactly. If they end up forcing Microsoft to release a version of Windows without IE, it'll probably go over as well as their WMP-less offering.

Personally, I'm not sure I'd really want a copy of Windows without IE, even if I don't use it. It might've made sense when IE was a security nightmare, but nowdays, IE is pretty well sandboxed and doesn't cause much of a threat, nor does it integrate with Windows explorer like it used to.

Plus, without IE, will any app that uses the MSHTML API even work anymore? I actually use that API with several of my AutoIt scripts. And if all that code was still there even if IE wasn't, it would kind of defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?

Edited 2009-01-26 20:37 UTC

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RE[2]: Typical...
by lemur2 on Tue 27th Jan 2009 03:09 in reply to "RE: Typical... "
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2007-02-17

Plus, without IE, will any app that uses the MSHTML API even work anymore? I actually use that API with several of my AutoIt scripts. And if all that code was still there even if IE wasn't, it would kind of defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?


There could simply be a design to have the equivalent of MSHTML for internal-to-the-OS purposes (such as displaying help pages) that was incapable of being fed with data from the web.

This is AFAIK the way that KDE4 has divorced the web-facing konqueror from the internal-to-the-OS rendering functions of Qt. Qt 4 has an internal version of webkit. Konqueror still uses KHTML. The two are entirely separate pieces of code. One can remove konqueror without disturbing Qt4 or the rest of the KDE4 desktop in any way.

Edited 2009-01-27 03:10 UTC

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