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MS gets extension on EU browser charges

updated 11:50 am EDT, Wed March 11, 2009

MS Extension on EU Charges

The European Commission today said it would give Microsoft extra time to respond to its statement of objection that accuses Microsoft of breaking antitrust laws by requiring that Internet Explorer ship with Windows. The American company now has until April 21st to provide an initial response after it complained that the original eight-week deadline, or March 12th, didn't give it enough time to offer a proper answer to the charges. It's not known if the delay will affect other aspects of the case.

The European Union governmental body filed the statement in January and has since said its ultimate goal is to force a choice in browsers for copies of Windows sold on the continent. Both Google and Mozilla have become involved with the complaint and have argued that Internet Explorer prevents Chrome, Firefox and other browsers from gaining a significant foothold given Microsoft's monopoly of operating systems.



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  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -4

    Silly

    Since you can't remove IE from Windows (it'd be like removing Safari - all you're doing is deleting an app, but all the frameworks are still there), what is the point?

    And, still, how does one get a browser if it doesn't come with one?

  1. IxOsX

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2009

    -1

    Not Silly

    Since there is an IE monopoly the UE are trying to equilibrate the forces. Makes every sense to me. During the installation of the OS, to be perfect, should be an option to install other kind of Internet Browsers or have a browser who shares resources with other sources, and the possibility to uninstall, or partial uninstall any browser.

    If I remember well, IE comes with MSN Search engine as default and you can not select another (IE6, ?IE7?). Safari comes with Google embedded who is not Apple, and Firefox in Linux comes also with google.

    Microsoft try fight any change or fight to share anything, so is understandable that someone have to control the monopoly ( /-90% Windows world wide)to improve development and kill mafias.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -3

    Re: Not silly

    Since there is an IE monopoly

    Um, there isn't an IE monopoly. Or haven't you read the stats lately. Stats from Wikipedia (it's true because it's on the internet!) list a 67.40% usage share. I didn't realize that constituted a monopoly.

    If I remember well, IE comes with MSN Search engine as default and you can not select another (IE6, ?IE7?).

    Yes, you can. You can actually select any of a number, or attempt to define your own. All the browsers in my office get set up to tie to google. It ain't rocket science.

    And when IE 7 came out with the search bar, you're actually prompted to go through and decide what you want to be your search site.

    Safari comes with Google embedded who is not Apple, and Firefox in Linux comes also with google.

    Firefox can also be changed. But Safari cannot. And the fact it isn't "apple" doesn't make it OK, if Apple is getting paid to push Google down everyone's throats.

    Microsoft try fight any change or fight to share anything, so is understandable that someone have to control the monopoly ( /-90% Windows world wide)to improve development and kill mafias.

    Yeah, because we know if Apple were told by the EU to ship without safari, and allow any browser to be installed on install, you'd be all for it, and Apple would agree without argument.

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +1

    the world

    it's a big deal because outside the us the vast majority of people use internet cafe's. they get ie and msn and no other choice. also outside the us skype is big and used to be bigger until... ms bundled msn.

    you talk about ie allowing search site choice but conveniently ignore that ie 7 is not on the vast majority of these computers. it's most likely because of these pressures that ms is buckling on these things. you forget that it's not been that long when ie was well over 90%. from being bundles, not from any sense of fair competition.

    over 500 million people log on in internet cafe's every single day.

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