After successfully battling Microsoft over the company’s bundling of Windows Media Player, the European Union is now ready for more. The European Commission has charged Microsoft with violating competition laws because of the Microsoft’s bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows.
According to the European Commission, Microsoft abused its monopoly power by including Internet Explorer in the Windows package, unfairly eliminating the competition. The Commission also claimed that the actions undertaken by US courts in 2002 did not make the bundling any more lawful.
Microsoft has stated that it is currently reviewing the charges, unsure whether or not to request a hearing. The Redmond software giant has two months to reply.
Let’s hope this leads to Microsoft implementing an easy and supported method of uninstalling Internet Explorer. The browser may have made huge strides when it comes to security and standards support, but its interface is still about as pleasant as stubbing your toes against a doorpost and toppling face first into a pile of dog doo. But that’s just my opinion.