Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jul 2009 21:07 UTC
Windows The browser saga between Microsoft, the EU, and various browser makers just got a new chapter. We all know how the EU and Microsoft are in a legal tussle over the inclusion of Internet Explorer with Windows. Microsoft surprised everyone in June by announcing that Windows 7 would ship without Internet Explorer in Europe, a move it had hoped would silence the EU. The EU and Opera, however, were not impressed, and now Microsoft has caved in to the pressure.
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What was stopping OEMs...
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 24th Jul 2009 23:59 UTC
StephenBeDoper
Member since:
2005-07-06

The main question I have is: what was stopping OEMs from including, say, Firefox and/or making it the default browser?

Back when Be Inc. was still around, I do remember that a Japanese OEM offered PCs with a Windows + BeOS dual-boot setup - but they were forced to stop, because Microsoft's OEM agreement forbid that sort of setup. Is there some similar clause that prevents OEMs from shipping machines with a browser other than IE installed/made the default?

If so, then I think the sensible solution would be to simply forbid Microsoft from using OEM agreements & volume discounts to bribe/bludgeon OEMs into only including IE.

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

It's already forbidden. OEMs probably don't want to support/testing burden of having an additional browser. I'm sure they'd do it if Google/Firefox offered them money in exchange for placement, though.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

It's already forbidden.


That's good, at least. I remember there being a fair bit of commentary online, from people expressing frustration that the DOJ let Microsoft get away with claiming that their OEM agreements were trade secrets which couldn't be divulged.

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RE: What was stopping OEMs...
by MrWeeble on Mon 27th Jul 2009 08:37 in reply to "What was stopping OEMs..."
MrWeeble Member since:
2007-04-18

They used to use their monopoly in this abusive way, but were stopped. Now OEMs can make any browser (or other software) default. My Dell (UK) Vista machine came with Firefox as default browser and Google Desktop as default search.

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