Remember the old days when EU filled complaint again Microsoft and it’s Windows Media Player being integrated to Windows? Well, they had to pay then $357 million fine, then $1.35 billion…
After Opera’s complain to the European Union back in the year 2007, looks like story continues.
As cNet says: European regulators notified Microsoft it believes the software giant is in violation of the region’s antitrust laws by bundling its Internet Explorer browser in Windows, the company said Friday.
Oh… Not again. If Microsoft removes Internet Explorer (which is free) from Windows at all, how will someone is going to download anything? For example: other web browser?
If they are going to offer “download browser during setup”, how will someone is going to do that without internet connection?
Including latest stable release would also not make a lot of sense, since by the time Windows is released, it’s going to be old and with tons of security vulnerabilities discovered.
And also, who would include competitor’s software in their own product?
Other operating systems like Apple and Linux include other web browsers by default as well.
Mozilla managed to grab more than 20% of the market share from IE in just a few years. I don’t see them complaining to EU about that.
Maybe it’s because Opera struggled to grab some of the market share for many years? I leave it for you to decide.
With the launch of Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 (standards compatible), EU has no chance to win this case.
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