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Microsoft Facing New EU Investigation Into Web Browser Choice

 11:22 am on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

This is getting quite tiresome.
Microsoft Facing New EU Investigation Into Web Browser Choice [bloomberg.com]
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) faces a European Union antitrust probe into allegations it is failing to offer consumers a choice of Internet browsers under terms of a previous settlement with regulators.

EU Competition Commission Joaquin Almunia said regulators had received complaints that Microsoft may have misled the EU over the use of a browser choice screen for users of its Windows operating system.



 12:45 pm on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

No its not,

This way , certain other folk know that when their turn comes we won't all let them just have their way when we all get fed up or distracted by other stuff

Go EU :)


 1:49 pm on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

I have to say, the whole Web Browser Choice thing was dumb to begin with. Microsoft shipped an operating system that came packaged with a free web browser which anyone had the right to use or not. Forcing Microsoft to display a web browser choice screen because users are too lazy to download one of the alternatives available to them is like forcing a movie theater to also offer me a choice of health foods from nearby health stores because I'm too lazy to go to the store on my own.


 7:26 pm on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

It's about leveraging a monopoly in one business area to extinguish competition in another area. Microsoft has certainly done a lot of that.


 8:15 pm on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

Having a monopoly on an OS in no way prevents ANYONE from being able to go out and download their own browser of choice. Removing the tight coupling of IE and the OS was certainly a valid move, but forcing Microsoft to display a browser choice screen, while convenient for the end user, is still wrong IMO. I think having the browser choice screen would be a good move by Microsoft to do on their own, I just don't think FORCING them to do it is right.


 2:07 pm on Jul 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

Browser ballet is lame. Either enforce it across the board (iOS, OSX, Android, ChromeOS, Linux) or quit forcing MS to play games others don't have to. This isn't 1995 anymore.

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