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When Europe settled an antitrust case over Web browsers with Microsoft in December 2009, it hoped to dislodge the world’s biggest software maker from its dominant position in that market by requiring it to offer rivals’ products.
As part of that, Microsoft in March started sending software ballot screens to 200 million Windows users in Europe. The screens ask users to choose a default from a list of 12 browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google’s Chrome, Opera and Apple’s Safari.
Six months into the process, the initiative appears to be having only a minor influence on consumers, prompting a renewed debate about the effectiveness of such antitrust remedies.
According to StatCounter, Microsoft’s leading share of the European browser market fell to 39.8 percent in October from 44.9 percent in January. In 2009, Microsoft’s share declined by 5.5 percentage points; in 2008 by 8 points.
Most of the decline has come amid gains by Google, which introduced Chrome in September 2008. Google’s share of the European market doubled this year, to 11.9 percent in October from 5.8 percent in January.
I really don't understand the issue here. The Antitrust move was a complete success. Big, bad, Microsoft was required to provide end users with an option to switch. Not many people did, so what?
I for one applaud their effort. This whole web thing is new to all governing bodies and it will be awkward going for some time. I do not feel the need to kick them in the mouth as they try to navigate a better way forward.
Now it sounds like they feel that choice didn't impact Microsoft enough and so they want the process reviewed, that's reverse anti-trust.
E.U. Browser Antitrust With MS IE Barely Makes a Dent
The problem is Opera wants market share, it's important to their long term viability.
Sounds like a child screaming "I want it my way!" and if they don't get it their way they throw a temper tantrum.
Opera is quite profitable today, IIANM. And growing.
Last year they made about $5M (USD) and they employ about 700 people.
it forced Microsoft to, among other things, default to standards mode with IE8.Huh? To my knowledge the browser selection screen had no impact on whether IE defaulted to Standards Mode or Compatibility Mode. I think you're confusing some issues.