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Microsoft says EU regulators will hand Google more dominance of the Internet search business if they go ahead with planned regulations on Microsoft's Windows operating system, the Financial Times reported.
The FT said on Saturday that the move by Microsoft was contained in a confidential last-minute submission to the European Commission aimed at heading off antitrust action.
A Commission spokesman said in response to the report: "The Commission will examine all the arguments outlined by Microsoft in their reply to the statement of objections."
This entire browser bundling issue resurfaced at the behest of Opera. Now, I'm an avid Opera user, and even paid for my copy for many years. However, over the past few years we've watched IE's market share drop, and we've seen other browsers like FireFox, Chrome, and Safari gaining. The only (European based) browser that hasn't gained any market share is Opera.
It makes you wonder.
Windows 7 can completely remove IE8 from the OS. This is a very concrete sign that IE has taken this whole browser bundling issue seriously. Now it just looks like sour grapes on Opera's part.
Not saying they should. Merely observing that we are entering into another cycle of protectionism and that, decade upon past decades, has never been a good thing for any of the players.
EU is always just about the money
However, in all fairness, they do have their own set of laws and regulations that must be upheld.
So far as I am aware, EU laws in this area are very similar to US laws, however US companies don't know who to bribe/lobby in the EU. Let's not forget that an order was issued a few years ago (by a US court) that Microsoft should be split into two (OS and software). Of course, Microsoft managed to wriggle out of that one.
Intel and Microsoft have been fined for breaking the law. They were not fined for being American. Microsoft like people to believe their fine was due entirely to bundling things like browser and media software, however, the main issue for them was not providing adequate documentation on the API thereby stifling the efforts of other software companies.