Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Nov 2005 20:04 UTC
Windows A major UK retail store and three of the largest PC vendors worldwide still have no plans to sell the version of Microsoft Windows that does not contain its media player, five months after the version was released. Microsoft started offering Windows XP N, a version of Windows without a bundled media player, in June of this year to comply with last year's antitrust ruling by the European Commission.
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choice & freedom
by jjmckay on Fri 18th Nov 2005 20:44 UTC
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imho, if I'm a customer and I want a feature or an option to not have a feature, it's best to ask the company making the product. Market demand is the most powerful force in the market, period.

As far as unfair competition, this type of product and market (OS software) is different than others. For example, wordpad & notepad could be seen as unfair competition in the word processing market. Sure it's not as featured but it is included for free and probably does affect the market for basic word processing or text editing. Many web sites have 'made with notepad' icons for example. Should Macromedia sue MS for this unfair advantage?

I remember back when memory management software wasn't included in DOS, then when MS included himem.sys, QEMM and other memory management companies may have been affected financially as a result.

My point is that operating systems continually evolve and include more and more software that wasn't included in previous generations. Even the Mac OSX has a web browser by default. Should Netscape sue Apple for doing it? Apple has a virtual monopoly on Macintosh computers for the MacOS segment.

Lets face it, Operating systems evolve and have included more and more software over the years. That has been a good thing, imho. Freedom of choice also includes the freedom to choose an OS with a lot of included software.

Of course, my opinion is just one of 6 billion others.

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RE: choice & freedom
by on Fri 18th Nov 2005 21:08 in reply to "choice & freedom"
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Exactly right. Back in the day, TCP/IP networking was an add-on to most operating systems. Now you wouldn't dream of using an operating system that didn't have it. Most people would say "that's just part of the OS."

The same is becoming true with web browsers, media players, CD burning software, and so forth.

Good or bad? You decide. But that's just the way things are going, and have been going for a while now.

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RE[2]: choice & freedom
by jptros on Fri 18th Nov 2005 22:35 in reply to "RE: choice & freedom"
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Great points. Most of this boils down to bitterness, not vendor lock-in not to mention you can chose to have WMP removed in Windows XP or you can use the 'Set Program Access and Defaults' utility to set a default media player which is found right under the 'Add and Remove Windows Components' utility that allows you to remove WMP. Both of these utilities can be found within the 'Add/Remove Programs' utility in the control panel.

Of course, at least one of these (Set Program Access and Defaults) utilities requires an update, and maybe the other as well, but if you can download a media player you can get the updates too.

But in all reality, why complain about getting more for your money?

Edited 2005-11-18 22:46

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