Opera files antitrust complaint against Microsoft over IE

By on December 13, 2007, 10:43 AM
Microsoft has once again come under fire for alleged anti-competitive behavior. This time Opera Software, maker of the cross-platform browser with the same name, has filed a complaint with the European Commission asking them to order Microsoft to either unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows or include an alternative browser on the operating system.

But Microsoft maintains that computer users are able to choose and set any browser as default, including Opera, and that PC makers can also pre-install any browser as a default on any Windows machine they sell.

This complaint is the first against Microsoft since the EU upheld the ruling in September that Microsoft had breached EU monopoly laws and was forced to unbundle its Media Player software from Windows and to divulge interoperability information to rivals.




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Crazy said:
Opera just wants the money.You can indeed set whatever browser as default and even uninstall IE7, only thing is that it comes with windows by default. Making it still the most used browser, Especially by users who don't know how software/computers etc work.Imagine NOT giving IE with windows, do you really think that vendors will install 3rd party browsers & put more time in installing?, doubt it, unless they use it as an excuse to charge more(oh and they will!).Remember that there are allot(most accually) users who don't even know how to make a folder, let alone look for and install a browser.IMO it would be a pain not having IE bundled, imagine re´nstalling windows, then you need to download some drivers, or even a browser...., hmmm, how?, no browser... Unless you have multiple computers and can download it from there or you have it on cd or something. But most users don't.Leave things as they are now, it's fine!
a1gevaldig said:
[b]Originally posted by Crazy:[/b][quote]Opera just wants the money.You can indeed set whatever browser as default and even uninstall IE7, only thing is that it comes with windows by default. Making it still the most used browser, Especially by users who don't know how software/computers etc work.Imagine NOT giving IE with windows, do you really think that vendors will install 3rd party browsers & put more time in installing?, doubt it, unless they use it as an excuse to charge more(oh and they will!).Remember that there are allot(most accually) users who don't even know how to make a folder, let alone look for and install a browser.IMO it would be a pain not having IE bundled, imagine re´nstalling windows, then you need to download some drivers, or even a browser...., hmmm, how?, no browser... Unless you have multiple computers and can download it from there or you have it on cd or something. But most users don't.[/quote]By the way Microsoft forces ie for sites that must be used like windows update which is not working in Firefox
Nirkon said:
Bundle IE, but don't make it uninstablleable.
Crazy said:
[b]Originally posted by a1gevaldig:[/b]By the way Microsoft forces ie for sites that must be used like windows update which is not working in Firefox[/quote]Thats because they use active-x components right?, you don't really need the windows update site, you can download/install them from xp/vista by autoupdate etc.
jtickner1 said:
Noooo, i need IE to download Opera whenever i install/re-install windows :D
hrowder said:
Not having an included browser is a non starter for most users. Like Crazy said, how the heck can you download a NEW browser or the needed drivers (upon installation of any operating system) WITHOUT an included browser! I don't see anything wrong with MS including its browser with the OPSYS as long as you can download any other browser you might prefer later and set it as the default. Opera is a pretty good "basic" browser, but lacks some features graphically that many users want or need. Plus, I have gone to 64bit Vista, and most other browsers are not offered in 64bit yet either. I say let it be... A free browser from MS is just fine with me as long as I can use something else later if they are acutally better.
Nitock said:
With all this bull with MS and anti-trust how long do you think it will take for them to come out with a MS PC and be done with it? All MS software everyhting under there own name just like an Apple. You dont see people going after Apple for everything being proprietary.
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