Mozilla to Join EU Suit Against Microsoft

By | February 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

The European Commission (EC) has granted Mozilla, the open-source collaboration behind the Firefox Web browser, the right to join its antitrust case against Microsoft, a spokesman said Monday.

The Commission, Europe’s top antitrust authority, charged Microsoft last month with distorting competition in the market for Web browsers by bundling in its Internet Explorer (IE) browser with the Windows operating system.

If the charges stick, then Microsoft could be forced to change the way it distributes IE, as well as pay a fine for monopoly abuse.

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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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  • K3M15A

    Wow! :-o

    Sure did not see that one coming! :-p

    Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think mozilla would have done this! :-D

    Oh well i guess i will have to look forward to a popup dialog asking me which browser i want to use.

    If they going to force them to disassociate IE from windows, then given a choice as to what i want to download and use is better than installing other competing browsers on my system.

    It would be unfair to other vendors if firefox is the only ‘other’ browser bundled with windows. So it would have to be an all or nothing approach with a simple dialog popping up asking you your choice of browser.

    Sure google and firefox will gripe like whiny bitches if Microsoft puts IE at the top of the list, I expect them to, just like they did with desktop search built in to vista.

    my usage:
    Opera for most browsing.
    IE for sites that require it.
    Firefox, Safari & Chrome only for testing webpages.

    In my experience I have only seen Firefox inaccurately display elements on a page that has passed w3c validation.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    Me neither.

    Even Google “provided” some info to EU (heard somewhere), so it’s like Google, Mozilla, Eu vs Microsoft…