Microsoft lashes out at Opera over anti-trust complaint

By Justin Mann on December 14, 2007, 12:16 PM
Yesterday, we heard about Opera launching an anti-trust complaint against Microsoft over Internet Explorer. The complaint, field in the EU, asserts that Microsoft should be forced to unbundle IE from Windows or include an alternative browser by default.

Microsoft is quickly moving to strike back, saying that they will never willingly strip IE from Windows. And, you can hardly blame them. They have worked very hard over the years to get people addicted to it. On top of that, while some browsers such as Firefox have been able to trounce on IE and swallow a lot of marketshare, it still remains the number one browser. They also claim it is an integral part of the OS, and that people are already free to choose alternatives if they wish.

Both sides make good points, though this is not the first time Microsoft has been fingered as a monopoly largely due to IE integration. This might prove to be an interesting battle.




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captaincranky said:
I can hardly believe what I'm about to say but, I think Microsoft's right on this one. It certainly is no big deal to learn to install a different browser. If you lack the interest, ability, or gumption to do this, then a browser should be included with every OS. To fault M$ for this isn't justified. After all, internet access is all but a necessity nowadays. Not all browsers operate correctly with every website, simply launch the one you think will do the job. A lawsuit of this nature seems to be predicated on protecting people from their own stupidity, and we really have enough of that going on.
phantasm66 said:
I honestly think its time to give Microsoft a break.So many people now a days seem to attack them just because its fashionable, or something.They have done wonderful things for computing. They are not a nice company sometimes, yes, but ALL of these big companies are evil in one way or another.Why the bloody hell should they unbundle IE from Windows? There is no good reason really. Everyone these days expects their machine to come with a browser - its what most folk want a PC for. Now you are asking them to download a browser first? Opera - face facts. Your browser would be number one if it was the best. And its clearly not, or everyone would be using it.
avandermade said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]Opera - face facts. Your browser would be number one if it was the best. And its clearly not, or everyone would be using it.[/quote]I think the statement that Opera needs to "face facts" isn't necessarily true. A lot of end users will not experiment with alternate browsers. In the end, a lot of reviews point out flaws in IE and alternate browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Opera seem to be better options.The reason that some pages will not display properly in other browsers is because IE does not fully comply with the standards. Any web developer will be able to explain this to you.
Nirkon said:
[b]Originally posted by captaincranky:[/b][quote]I can hardly believe what I'm about to say but, I think Microsoft's right on this one. It certainly is no big deal to learn to install a different browser. If you lack the interest, ability, or gumption to do this, then a browser should be included with every OS. To fault M$ for this isn't justified. After all, internet access is all but a necessity nowadays. Not all browsers operate correctly with every website, simply launch the one you think will do the job. A lawsuit of this nature seems to be predicated on protecting people from their own stupidity, and we really have enough of that going on. [/quote]problem is, its part of the OS, it leads to security holes, and its irremovable... sure, bundle it, but let me remove that piece of crap If I want to.
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by avandermade:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]Opera - face facts. Your browser would be number one if it was the best. And its clearly not, or everyone would be using it.[/quote]I think the statement that Opera needs to "face facts" isn't necessarily true. A lot of end users will not experiment with alternate browsers. In the end, a lot of reviews point out flaws in IE and alternate browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Opera seem to be better options.The reason that some pages will not display properly in other browsers is because IE does not fully comply with the standards. Any web developer will be able to explain this to you. [/quote]Yeah, OK I guess so I take that one back.But you have to admit, if Opera was really worth installing, word of mouth would make more people use it - that's what happened with Firefox. That's what happened with social networking.IE is good enough for people most of the time anyway. The average user doesn't want the best - they just want it to work. Probably being in the browser software market is a bad idea anyway - its so hard to break into or to get your product popular that its almost not worth it at all.In any case, none of this makes it right to have IE unbundled from Windows - that's just lessening the user experience instead of enhancing it. However, Microsoft could be asked to provide some links on the default fresh install desktop to third party products like Firefox, Opera and Open Office but in the end why should they really?
phantasm66 said:
I do think that people should give up on having a go at Microsoft and pick some other target instead.
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