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EU Antitrust Troubles Continue For Microsoft 593

Posted by Soulskill
from the still-on-the-hook dept.
Julie188 writes "Opera Software's year-old antitrust complaint against Microsoft took another step toward being vindicated, and the Oslo-based browser maker can't help crowing over the European Commission's decision. Opera had filed a complaint with the EC in December, 2007, contending that Microsoft's bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows violated antitrust rules. Yesterday, the EC sent a 'Statement of Objections (SO)' to Microsoft with a preliminary finding that bundling IE with Windows does indeed constitute an antitrust abuse. Microsoft has eight weeks to plead its case and change the EC's mind, an unlikely outcome if ever there was one. Opera's CEO said, 'On behalf of all Internet users, we commend the Commission for taking the next step towards restoring competition in a market that Microsoft has strangled for more than a decade.'"
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EU Antitrust Troubles Continue For Microsoft

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  • by thetoadwarrior (1268702) on Saturday January 17, 2009 @04:43AM (#26495271) Homepage

    That's not true AT all. IE became dominant because IE 4.x was much, much better than NN was as IE had a fully programmable object model and NN was stuck with a partially programmable one. Remember document.write?

    I wish I could forget but that's all grandma will talk about if you mention computers.

  • by commodore64_love (1445365) on Saturday January 17, 2009 @10:21AM (#26496985) Journal

    This is why I pirate. It's a form of protest against software, music, or video makers who happily take my money but refuse to provide any kind of guarantee for return. Even food manufacturers provide a "satisfaction guaranteed or money back" warranty. There's no reason why software, music, and video companies can't do the same.

    Oh, and posting the terms on an internet site is worthless for customers who don't have internet. The terms should be revealed at point-of-sale, not hidden inside the box. It's just a way to entrap the customer and raid wallets.

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