Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:03 UTC
Windows In a move to basically outflank the EU antitrust investigation, Microsoft has announced that all version of Windows 7 shipped in Europe will not include Internet Explorer 8 by default. This is reminiscent of the Windows XP N editions, which did not include Windows Media Player, but the difference here is that Microsoft will not ship versions of Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8 in Europe.
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EU being unfair?
by Drumhellar on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:42 UTC
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

I like how Microsoft gets penalized for doing something that every other OS vendor does simply because they have a huge market share.

It is totally unreasonable for the EU to demand that MS bundles competitor's products, especially since IE is steadily losing market share, so this is the correct decision. Most OEMs will probably bundle IE on their systems, and OEM systems is how Microsoft sells most copies of Windows anyways. At the same time, they get the chance to bite their thumb at the EU.

Also, Opera is the one whining about this the most. They blame Microsoft's market share for their lack of it, not the facts that for a while they charged for their browser even though other browsers were free, and their browsers are, well, just ugly.

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RE: EU being unfair?
by Jokel on Fri 12th Jun 2009 05:31 in reply to "EU being unfair?"
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2006-06-01

The EU does NOT demand Microsoft is bundling competitor's products. The EU is demanding only that the user has the choice - not the company itself.

I do not get it. People here are wailing about the fact that the consumer gets the choice in stead of the company. It gives more freedom to the consumer.

Everyone whom is against that is in fact saying the consumer has no right to choose...

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RE[2]: EU being unfair?
by Drumhellar on Fri 12th Jun 2009 09:38 in reply to "RE: EU being unfair?"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

The EU does NOT demand Microsoft is bundling competitor's products.

Well, of course they aren't demanding Microsoft bundle other browsers, but that IS what they've been leaning towards. Also, the user does have a choice already. The EU was attempting to make Microsoft force the choice.

That is why Microsoft decided to un-bundle the browser. Well, that, and to hopefully avoid another massive fine.

The EU is demanding only that the user has the choice

Again, the consumer does have a choice. For example, I'm primarily a Windows user, but IE sucks. I choose to use Firefox instead. I have since v0.7 or so. Of course, I couldn't easily download it without IE already installed.

- not the company itself.

Why shouldn't the company have a choice? It is their product to sell. They do have responsibilities to their investors.

Microsoft frequently abuses their position as a monopoly, but bundling a browser isn't an abuse. It definitely isn't an abuse when they are rapidly losing ground to Firefox.

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