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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Oh boy
by sweiss on Sat 25th Jul 2009 01:14 UTC
sweiss
Member since:
2005-10-01

Why don't I get a ballot screen for a text editor? MS is abusing its monopoly by including Notepad, what if I want to use Notepad++ or gvim?
And why does Explorer automatically run when I start up my machine? What if I want to use bb4win or lifestep instead? Those capitalist swines!
And for Solitaire?

I pity MS for having to deal with the EU's absurdities.
As if the EU has nothing more important to deal with.

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RE: Oh boy
by metellius on Sat 25th Jul 2009 02:03 in reply to "Oh boy"
metellius Member since:
2009-07-25

text editors and desktop shells are just applications that compete by themselves.

web browser are quite different as they are capable of either promoting or hindering the expansion of web technologies, depending on how well they handle web standards and whether they inter-operate well.

for this reason I do not think that your logic holds

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RE[2]: Oh boy
by Havin_it on Sat 25th Jul 2009 12:21 in reply to "RE: Oh boy"
Havin_it Member since:
2006-03-10

Your observations are, to my knowledge, immaterial in the EU's evaluation of the IE situation. That is simply concerned with competition among a particular class of application, whether Microsoft abuses its monopoly position to stifle that competition, and if so, how this can be prevented.

The class of application under discussion is irrelevant, so his logic is fine. It's unlikely to happen though, because there's really nobody making a competing plain-text editor or Solitaire game with (a) enough invested in the product, (b) enough to gain, or (c) a big enough axe to grind to justify aping Opera's complaint.

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