Just when we all thought that things
were finally dying down
for Microsoft in the European Commission-based anti-trust case there is
more fuel to add to the fire.
Opera Software ASA, maker of the
Opera web browser,
filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding
inclusion of Internet Explorer with Windows. Opera wants the EU to
Microsoft to provide users with a choice of web browser to use.
"We are filing this complaint on
behalf of all
consumers who are tired of having a monopolist make choices for them,"
said Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. "In addition to promoting the free
choice of individual consumers, we are a champion of open Web standards
cross-platform innovation. We cannot rest until we've brought fair and
equitable options to consumers worldwide."
Opera is seeking the following
actions from the EU to
"keep Microsoft in line" with respects to its competitors:
"Our complaint is necessary to get
Microsoft to amend
its practices," said Jason Hoida, Deputy General Counsel for Opera.
"The European Court of First Instance confirmed in September that
Microsoft has illegally tied Windows Media Player to Windows. We are
asking the Commission to apply these same, clear principles to the
Explorer tie, a tie that has even more profound effects on consumers
As many may recall, Microsoft finally
gave up its fight with the EU in late October. The Redmond,
Washington-based company came under fire for its monopolistic business
practices in Europe and was ordered to pay a fine of $710 million USD.
In addition, Microsoft was also
forced to provide interoperability
information to its software competitors and reduce the royalties for
software licenses and patents. To add insult to injury, Microsoft was
forced to pay 80 percent of the European Commission’s legal
quote: MS should just sell windows without IE in Europe. Then they can go download Opera.
quote: And how do they go about downloading their internet browser if there isn't one in the first place?
quote: When you buy a new car, are you forced to buy the cheap radio that comes with it or do they give you the option to remove it and use something else? Definitely.
quote: So why should our OS be any different, It is an OS, not an OS + browser + media player + whatever else. We should not be forced to install its sluggish overbearing MS crap just to use the host OS. I have thought this for years.
quote: Where in the world does it say when you run a Microsoft Operating System, that you have to use Internet Explorer?!
quote: I'm not saying anything but the EU seems to have a pattern going here.
quote: Remove Internet Explorer from its Windows operating systems.
quote: The EU is a one-trick-pony against success
quote: I'm sorry but this will probably go nowhere because this was already settled with Nutscrape long long ago.
quote: If I want Opera I will download it but last I recall it was buggy and they wanted to charge me for it. No Thanks.
quote: If you can't innovate...litigate.
quote: Hell, Opera is the worst browser I've ever used.
quote: They (MS) should just do a quick and dirty reimplementation of the Windows 3.1 File Manager
quote: While it sounds harsh to Microsoft, they should pull out of the EU with their product. We'll see how long our neighbors over the pond will survive on the N flavors of Linux and the oh so cool Mac OS.
quote: The basis that Microsoft has used you all as willing idiots to test out the sub-par operating system for the last 15 years should be ample reason to support Opera. However, I can see by nearly everyones previous opinion, that only a few actually touched on the point that Microsuck continues not to adhere to the RFC from the w3c. ( and you wonder why you have so much crap on that POS O/S and have to reformat nearly once a year.) Thank gawd -- there is linux and bsd - so we don't have to listen to such medicore minds continously. GO get 'em Opera stick it in the gizzard and Twist!!
quote: "We are filing this complaint on behalf of all consumers who are tired of having a monopolist make choices for them,"