Sources: Europa [EU Press Release], Microsoft
quote: Is Microsoft the only reasonable OS choice for consumers in the EU?
quote: And about the world flocking to Win7 you do realize that only about now the use of Win7 is surpassing the use of XP. Exactly how is that the same as having "flocked to Win7"?
quote: As for the IE install in Win7... A technical oversight? IE is required by law to be disabled except for the basic function of downloading the user selected browser on all SKUs sold in the EU. However nobody at Microsoft noticed that for all the years Win7 was being installed in the EU that the browser was installed by default.
quote: Linux users just cant get it in to there head that their OS isn't as great as they think it is
quote: Complaining that tier-1's don't offer it is like complaining Burger King doesn't sell cow manure. Why would they sell something the market doesn't want?
quote: Stop saying "Monopoly" because it makes you look ignorant. Monopolies are defined by markets in which there is a single seller for a good or service.
quote: Another classical sign of a monopoly is pricing. Monopolies use their market dominance to charge a price that exceeds the competitive price. Well this certainly isn't the case. Hell Windows 8 is going to be $30.
quote: Apple is not an alternative. You cannot install Mac OS on PCs
quote: The very existence and rise of Apple's marketshare shows Windows is not a monopoly. It's just a good product that meets the needs of most people. And is available on hardware at a far cheaper price than Apple will sell its machines.
quote: Maybe I should sue Apple in the EU for not letting me build my own PC and use their OS
quote: The fact that the browser is packaged into an OS by itself is not anti-competitive, its only combined with the fact 90% of the user install base uses MS's OS is the built in browser anti-competitive.
quote: Just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't mean they're "leftist anti-corporation".
quote: Also EU is not in trouble
quote: if I was Microsoft, I'd just stop selling my OS in the EU, and see how long it takes for the people to forces the EU's hand.
quote: The US has similar rules, though it seems that these are not always upheld – who knows why? Politics? Corruption?
quote: This is nothing new, Microsoft has been using hidden unpublished API's to give their own products (IE, Office, etc.) an unfair advantage over competitors products for many many years.
quote: Never overestimate human capacity for ignorance and complacency.