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Last month the European Commission confirmed that it had sent a statement of objections to Microsoft about the tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system, which it said "harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice." Then in a blog post earlier this month, Mozilla's Mitchell Baker weighed in, saying that "Microsoft's business practices have fundamentally diminished (in fact, came very close to eliminating) competition, choice and innovation in how people access the Internet."
We are applying to become a third party in the European Commission's proceeding. Here's why:
First, browsers are critical to the Internet -- they enable us to surf the web, search, chat, email, watch videos, or connect to our social networks. And because they are so central to every user's web experience, browsers are crucial to innovation online.
Second, Google believes that the browser market is still largely uncompetitive, which holds back innovation for users. This is because Internet Explorer is tied to Microsoft's dominant computer operating system, giving it an unfair advantage over other browsers.
Mozilla Gets Seat On E.U. Microsoft Antitrust Case [webmasterworld.com]
There are separate questions of whether there is a good remedy, and what that remedy might be. But questions regarding an appropriate remedy do not change the essential fact. Microsoft's business practices have fundamentally diminished (in fact, came very close to eliminating) competition, choice and innovation in how people access the Internet.
Aah, the remedy. This whole scenario has played out before with Windows Media Player. In that case, the remedy ordered by the court was for Microsoft to make available a version of Windows that did not have Media Player bundled within it. Fair decision, right?
Did anybody buy it? No. Why would they?
The EU case is a fishing expedition by Opera's Hakon Wium Lie who, judging from his writings, is a bitter, frustrated guy. Or, maybe, Lie is just trying to get free publicity for Opera.
Let's wait until Google starts doing evil to start despising them.
They do already. Take a peek at the adsense forum...
Anyway, I see no problem with having IE bundled in. I don't see MS as a monopoly - they just have a good product. Nah... not superior, but a more accessible and user-friendly OS.
If MS was a monopoly, what to say about Google?
They are not monopoly, the problem is that those companies grew so big and powerful that they don't allow any competition. Google and MS were good when started, they grew up and became evil. MS is getting back to the good side, while G...