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Microsoft 'to comply' with EU in browser choice antitrust probe

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    Microsoft 'to comply' with EU in browser choice antitrust probe


    Microsoft has said it will comply with European antitrust authorities, after the software giant was accused of not adhering to the promises it said it would keep as part of an earlier settlement.

    As quoted by Reuters, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters at an economics conference:

    In my personal talks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer he has given me assurances that they will comply immediately regardless of the conclusion of the antitrust probe.
    Almunia also described the antitrust investigation as a "very, very serious issue."

    Microsoft settled with EU authorities in 2009 after it was accused of unfairly using its operating system monopoly to increase its browser share by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows.

    The "browser ballot" was a mandatory Windows update that allowed users to select their choice of Web browser -- such as Firefox, Opera, or Chrome -- to be offered alongside Microsoft's own Internet Explorer as part of the settlement deal.

    But in July, the European Commission said it had received complaints that Microsoft had misled EU authorities over its promise to issue the browser ballot screen, which was first rolled out to Windows users in February 2010.

    EU authorities accused Microsoft of failing to offer the browser ballot screen to users since February 2011, when Microsoft dished out Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. More than 28 million European customers who bought the latest copy of Windows with the software patch preloaded may not have been given the option to switch browsers.

    The Redmond, Wash.-based company promised to give users the choice of browsers until 2014, including in future operating systems, such as the forthcoming Windows 8.


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    Sorry, but I've never had much time for the EU's views on this.

    If MS prevented you from installing another browser, then fair enough.

    But, they don't.
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    Personally I think it's ridiculous but if Microsoft should be required to do it then so should Apple. It seems Apple is allowed to continue with their monopolistic practices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    Personally I think it's ridiculous but if Microsoft should be required to do it then so should Apple. It seems Apple is allowed to continue with their monopolistic practices.
    Yes indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    Personally I think it's ridiculous but if Microsoft should be required to do it then so should Apple. It seems Apple is allowed to continue with their monopolistic practices.
    That's the problem with all of these EU and US business practice rulings.

    Once a practice is ruled illegal for one company, it should be illegal for ALL companies (regardless of market share).

    Subsequent offenders should suffer much higher penalties.
    Last edited by lehnerus2000; 15 Sep 2012 at 19:45.
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    Hi there
    This App suddenly appeared on my PC -- and we aren't even IN the EU (at least not yet - and maybe never if some people have their way) -- not only that when I clicked on choose IE the whole computer just hanged. (Running a TechNet RTM W8 Enterprise version X-64 - probably the US version too - but I got the B/s when I logged on in Europe last week).

    I got rid of the stupid app anyway -- but what a load of total incredible Bovine Scatology of the first order. And once they've even installed this wretched app on your computer it hangs when you try and use it.

    Cheers
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    Maybe there is something here that I'm not understanding, but I don't see what the big deal is about MS building IE in with their operating system. It's their operating system and it's their browser why not bundle them together? If a person doesn't like the browser, then he can simply install Chrome or whatever else he likes. As for the room the browser takes, it's only a drop in the bucket compared to the size of the drives these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    Maybe there is something here that I'm not understanding, but I don't see what the big deal is about MS building IE in with their operating system. It's their operating system and it's their browser why not bundle them together? If a person doesn't like the browser, then he can simply install Chrome or whatever else he likes. As for the room the browser takes, it's only a drop in the bucket compared to the size of the drives these days.
    I don't think anyone else with a brain does, either.

    As I said earlier, I really do have no sympathy
    whatsoever with the EU on this.

    And, AFAIC, if you are too dumb to choose and install
    a browser without govt assistance, I submit that you
    have NO business being in front of a computer in the
    first place.
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