Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 11:54 UTC
Legal "The European Commission has imposed a EUR 561 million fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with its commitments to offer users a browser choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser. In 2009, the Commission had made these commitments legally binding on Microsoft until 2014. In today's decision, the Commission finds that Microsoft failed to roll out the browser choice screen with its Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from May 2011 until July 2012. 15 million Windows users in the EU therefore did not see the choice screen during this period. Microsoft has acknowledged that the choice screen was not displayed during that time." Burn.
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Nothing new from the EC
by Hieper on Wed 6th Mar 2013 13:52 UTC
Hieper
Member since:
2010-12-08

Another great decision from the people who gave us 'Windows N'. Always fighting the fight 10 years after it would have made any sense.

If at all, we need browser choice on iOS, not on Windows!

The only possible good that might come of this fine is the removal from office of Mr. Balmer. Now, that would be a feat with the power to turn me from a EC/EU cynic into a true believer ;-)

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RE: Nothing new from the EC
by majipoor on Wed 6th Mar 2013 14:47 in reply to "Nothing new from the EC"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

"If at all, we need browser choice on iOS, not on Windows!"

Windows has 95% market share while iOS has less than 10% market share. This makes all the difference because such rules applies to monopolies only.

Then concerning MS fine, it is not about having choice but about pre-installing a browser on a monopolistic OS.

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RE: Nothing new from the EC
by Alfman on Wed 6th Mar 2013 14:56 in reply to "Nothing new from the EC"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Hieper,

"Another great decision from the people who gave us 'Windows N'. Always fighting the fight 10 years after it would have made any sense."

Alas, that is the problem with all courts. The trials go on for years, and the resolution may apply years after that when the landscape is wholly different and everything in the case is history. Can justice, served 10 years too late be called justice at all?


"If at all, we need browser choice on iOS, not on Windows!"

Extend that to all applications & app stores, no reason for a browser to be a special exception.

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RE: Nothing new from the EC
by JAlexoid on Thu 7th Mar 2013 16:46 in reply to "Nothing new from the EC"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

If at all, we need browser choice on iOS, not on Windows!


iOS is not in a position to be the only viable option for the most. You can substitute iOS with Android and suffer little discomfort.

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