Windows without Media Player gets a name

By Derek Sooman on March 28, 2005, 12:30 PM
Microsoft has been ordered by the European Commission to offer a version of Windows that does not have the media player bundled with it, and it will do so, under the name of either "Windows XP Home Edition N" or "Windows XP Professional Edition N". Microsoft had wanted to use the name "Windows XP Reduced Media Edition" but the EC balked at the name.

"We have some misgivings about the chosen name as we fear it may cause confusion. We will adopt the commission's name in order to move forward and accelerate the pace of the implementation process." - Microsoft spokeswoman Stacy Drake.

Other names that were considered included Windows XP Not Incorporating Windows Media Player, Windows XP/N and Windows XP/B.




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I LikeChemistry said:
I can understand what the EC is trying to do, but its never going to work. They can force microsoft sell this software that allows rival media players a look in, BUT cant dictate the price. Microsoft are most likely going to sell this windows version at the same price as normal windows or maybe very slightly less so no one bothers with it.Reduced Media Edition ;-) i wish they let them use that one
Phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by I LikeChemistry:[/b][quote]Reduced Media Edition ;-) i wish they let them use that one[/quote]Yeah, I loved that name too.
lncpapa said:
I personally think it's horrible that the EC is making them release this. I hope they charge more for the thing than standard XP Pro or Home.
Phantasm66 said:
Reduced Media Edition = The "Don't buy me" edition.
Tarkus said:
The 'N' stands for "Neutered" Edition.
tomrice32 said:
I don't like Microsoft atall but I seriously don't understand why they can be forced into releasing Windows XP without media player on. Surely it is up to them what features they want to include in their software? And to be honest, the average user is quite happy with windows media player anyway, but with this edition they will have to find a media player themselves. I don't see what anyone has to gain from this apart rom rival companies. What a strange idea. Even when users which don't like windows media player, they can simply download another one and make it default. As with internet explorer, media player is key to making a lot of windows features work. This is like releasing an operating system incapable of playing any type of media until you get the internet and download a player. Most people would probably download windows media player in that situation anyway if they don't know any better.I think it's a stupid demand, who are the EC to tell the American Microsoft Company what to do with their software?
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by tomrice32:[/b][quote]I don't like Microsoft atall but I seriously don't understand why they can be forced into releasing Windows XP without media player on. Surely it is up to them what features they want to include in their software? And to be honest, the average user is quite happy with windows media player anyway, but with this edition they will have to find a media player themselves. I don't see what anyone has to gain from this apart rom rival companies.[/quote]OEMs could have alternative media players preinstalled, something not necessarily possible in the past:[url=http://www.infoanarchy.org/story/2001/10/23/17629/
21]infoAnarchy : Microsoft's Dirty OEM-Secret[/url][quote]The US court has also examined one crucial question: Do Microsoft's contracts with selected "Original Equipment Manufacturers" (OEMs), who receive substantial rebates on Microsoft's software, constitute an illegal abuse of said Microsoft monopoly? It has only examined this question as far as the bundling of Microsoft's Windows operating system with the Internet Explorer (IE) web-browser is concerned. The court found that Microsoft forced OEMs through contracts not to install any other web-browser instead of or besides IE (see "2.a.i. The OEM Channel" in United States vs. Microsoft). The IE controversy was the main subject of the investigation.[/quote][quote]Even when users which don't like windows media player, they can simply download another one and make it default.[/quote]I think you're overestimating the knowledge of a regular consumer.[quote]As with internet explorer, media player is key to making a lot of windows features work. This is like releasing an operating system incapable of playing any type of media until you get the internet and download a player.[/quote]A lot? Such as? A preview in Explorer? Media embedded in Office applications? What prevents other media applications from doing the same things? If Microsoft prevents that, then they're probably facing more lawsuits.[quote]I think it's a stupid demand, who are the EC to tell the American Microsoft Company what to do with their software?[/quote]Microsoft broke EU's competition regulations.They are doing similar things in the US too, but their DoJ doesn't want to do anything.
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