Category: Microsoft

Random Thoughts on EU and MS Case

By | March 17, 2009 | 9 Comments

Just some random thoughts of mine. Some people might even call it troll-o-rama…

1. Where the line should be drawn? Should Windows include alternative browsers only? Or also alternatives to WordPad, Paint, Calculator, etc. as long as those are free?

2. If it happens that Microsoft will be forced to ship Windows with other web browsers, how many of the alternatives should it have? 5, 50, 500 or 5000?

3. If other people are not aware of other web browsers, such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Opera, what makes you think that they will actually select and trust “unknown” one during setup?

EU Extends MS Response Deadline

By | March 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

As per Microsoft Corp. request, European Commission has extended the deadline till which they have to respond to the charges.

The new deadline is April 21, 2009.

If Browsers Were Women

By | March 10, 2009 | 6 Comments

Via Sharenator.org

FSFE Engages in the EU Browser Case

By | March 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

From FSFEurope

“Free Software Foundation Europe today announces that it will support the European Commission’s antitrust investigation against Microsoft and to this effect it has formally requested to be admitted as an interested third party.”

Continue reading at FSFEurope

Thanks to mabdul for sending this.

Europe: Microsoft’s Behavior Has Changed, Interop Docs Already Complete

By | March 4, 2009 | 2 Comments

From Beta News

“The European Commission will scale back its oversight of Microsoft’s documentation efforts, says a statement which makes some surprising concessions.”

“The 2004 Statement of Objections is a separate affair from the Statement issued in January, which concerns the EC’s objections to Microsoft continuing to bundle Internet Explorer with Windows.”

Continue reading at Beta News

Take That, EU. Internet Explorer is Optional

By | March 4, 2009 | 12 Comments

The latest Windows 7 Build 7048 offers a pleasant (and not announced) change. You can now actually remove Internet Explorer 8 from Windows.

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8 from Windows 7

Go to Control Panel
Open Programs
Click Turn Windows features on or off
Deselect Internet Explorer 8 Continue Reading

Google Joins EU, Microsoft Case as a 3rd Party

By | February 25, 2009 | 1 Comment

Well, it looks like Google has joined Mozilla in the Microsoft and EU antitrust case as a 3rd party.

Sundar Pichai said:

This is because Internet Explorer is tied to Microsoft’s dominant computer operating system, giving it an unfair advantage over other browsers. Compare this to the mobile market, where Microsoft cannot tie Internet Explorer to a dominant operating system, and its browser therefore has a much lower usage

There are also some interesting comments over there, for instance: Continue Reading

Bye, Bye Internet Explorer, Hello Gazelle

By | February 24, 2009 | 4 Comments

Apparently Microsoft has finally decided to look more seriously into web browser wars and develop something fresh and more secure. Result? Meet the Gazelle, a brand new web browser kernel.

According to the recent released paper (PDF), the idea behind Gazelle is to build a kernel which would act like an operating system, managing and controlling all the system resources among web site principals. Continue Reading

EU to Oblige Microsoft to Offer Competitors Browsers

By | February 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

The European Commission will require Microsoft to give users of its ubiquitous Windows operating system the opportunity to choose between different Internet browsers to avoid breaching EU competition rules, the bloc’s antitrust spokesman told EurActiv.

Although the Commission is still officially waiting for a response from Microsoft to the complaints raised last January, the outcome of this new battle with the IT giant is already taking form.

Continue reading at EurActiv

IE 8 Incompatibility List: 2 400 Major Sites (and Counting)

By | February 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

In an effort to improve Web users’ compatibility experience, Microsoft added a new, user-selectable Compatibility List to the Release Candidate test version of IE 8 that the company released in January.

Continue reading at ZDnet