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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RE: I don't agree
by Alfman on Wed 6th Mar 2013 14:44 UTC in reply to "I don't agree"
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

Invincible Cow,

"As long as they allow other browsers I didn't really see the problem."

That was the problem, microsoft was prohibiting OEMs from installing any other browsers (god knows they weren't prohibited from installing mountains of other crapware), and making it impossible for competing browsers to be included. This is classic anti-trust behavior and the browser choice screen was intended to rectify it. The original problem may be gone, but it was foolish of microsoft to test the court's resolve.


"It's worse on mobile operating system with fixed app stores. When you just can't install any other program, that's a real problem."

I completely agree, it will be a sad state of affairs if closed computing devices take over the consumer market.

Edited 2013-03-06 14:46 UTC

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RE[2]: I don't agree
by RawMustard on Wed 6th Mar 2013 15:04 in reply to "RE: I don't agree"
RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

I completely agree, it will be a sad state of affairs if closed computing devices take over the consumer market.


Then stop buying them, it's not hard!

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RE[3]: I don't agree
by Alfman on Wed 6th Mar 2013 16:26 in reply to "RE[2]: I don't agree"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Alfman,

"Then stop buying them, it's not hard!"

I can stop buying them myself, but I cannot stop others from buying them and the fact is their buying decisions do affect my long term market choices.

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