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[8]: Typical EU
by JAlexoid on Sat 9th Mar 2013 07:24 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Typical EU"
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Would the EU impose a carousel to select between Adobe Reader/Foxit Reader/..., or ACDSee/Irfanview/..., etc... so that every part of the Windows operating system could be finely tuned according to the user's needs and feeling ?

You are really failing to understand the main premise - Microsoft's Windows + IE were practically hurting the competitive market. They illegally obtained and held onto a market, by using dominance in another market.
If they were to include a PDF reader, that would be a whole separate issue. Investigated separately and checked if that particular action has hurt competition in an unfair way.(Most likely PDF reader will have no issues)

Your right to choose is irrelevant, your ability however is at stake here. Forcing to advertise competitors' product isn't an ordinary thing to be imposed. It's a form of penance instead of a fine. So don't expect a ballot box to be there for everything or anything else.

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RE[9]: Typical EU
by Kochise on Sat 9th Mar 2013 13:13 in reply to "RE[8]: Typical EU"
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What YOU fail to understand is that both Windows AND Internet Explorer are Microsoft's products, thus being sovereign in its own kingdom, their are free to bundle the products and services they want.

Like I said, Microsoft is free do do whatever THEY want with THEIR products, but shouldn't mess with other products and/or standard (OEM/BIOS/UEFI).


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