BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A coalition of rivals charged on Friday that Microsoft Corp.'s new Vista operating system coming out next week will perpetuate practices found illegal in the European Union nearly three years ago.
All this just before release of Vista.
Well thats nothing new that they ignore different rules, soon we will also see google in such situations.
their strategy has always been ignore the laws on this ..roll out anyway ..then when the user base is huge and a virtual monopoly ..hope that the legislatures back of and change the law to save chaos ..
having said that I loathe the realplayer and it's attempts on instalation to take over everything that your OS doesnt have welded shut ..
Microsoft still reacts like it wants to drive on the other side of the road to everyone else though ..and because it's by far the biggest thing on the road it's attitude is we are gonna do it anyway ..you all have to switch to accomodate us ..or there'll be a wreck ..
and it will be spun by MS to look like the USA v the EU ..which it isnt ..only have to look at who is against it ..the rest of the world ( except for the worst AV makers ) and 95 % of the USA's software companies ..
What happened when MS complied with the EU and put out the Windows XP Edition N (without Media Player)? They gave the EU consumer the choice and about 15 of them chose the Edition N version. Who wants to buy crippleware?
I'm not saying that Microsoft's business practices are all squeaky clean. However, when given the choice the EU consumer doesn't seem to care much for the fruits of the EU court's labor.
Bill ..I live here ..the n version was impossible to find preinstalled anywhere in the white box shops ..and even in the specialise shops they had the standard version installed and would have to take it out and install the n version in it's place ..we never actually got the choice ( it may have got shipped from Redmond ..but it was well away from the shelves in Europe) ..only the zealots who bugged the crap out of their local specialist ..who normally then suggested linux anyway ..
the chioce when you could find it ..was like " here is the frog ..and there past the dragons and the fire and the monsters is the princess" .."you got 10 seconds for the kiss" .."and no asbestos suit without a 10 week wait" .."now choose" ..most folks went for the frog ..
and like I said ..personally if the deal had been bundled with real player I would have called that the toad ..