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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Great for the incumbents...
by rajan r on Tue 28th Jul 2009 21:53 UTC
rajan r
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2005-07-27

... really sucky for new entrants. Funny competition law leading to barriers of entry being raised up in the name of competition.

And it isn't as if this is 1998 when Internet Explorer cornered the overwhelming majority of the market and it may be hard to believe that Microsoft's monopoly cannot be eroded without a healthy dose of government intervention.

Then suddenly, browser funded by a corporation that, until much later on, used Internet Explorer in its popular ISP, took a huge chunk of market share. Apple and Google soon entered the field, the latter obviously sensing blood drawn.

In such circumstances, it is hard to be sympathetic with Opera. Great browser, no doubt. Opera undoubtably have brilliant software engineers; Google, Apple and Mozilla may do well to poach them. Opera obviously didn't bother to invest in anyone with a bit of good business sense.

On the plus side, seeing Microsoft's offered settlement, Opera invested on good European competition law lawyers. Kudos. The world's a better place now.

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