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Opera sets its sights on Microsoft

Just when we all thought that things were finally dying down for Microsoft in the European Commission-based anti-trust case there is now more fuel to add to the fire.

Opera Software ASA, maker of the Opera web browser, yesterday officially filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding Microsoft's inclusion of Internet Explorer with Windows. Opera wants the EU to force 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 and 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:

  • Remove Internet Explorer from its Windows operating systems. Opera is also asking that Microsoft allow for other web browsers to be pre-installed with Windows along with desktop icons for each respective browser.
  • Force Microsoft to comply with open Web standards brought forth by Web-authoring communities.

"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 simply asking the Commission to apply these same, clear principles to the Internet Explorer tie, a tie that has even more profound effects on consumers and innovation."

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 its software licenses and patents. To add insult to injury, Microsoft was also forced to pay 80 percent of the European Commission’s legal fees.

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Seems Opera is learning from the pros...
By masher2 on 12/13/2007 3:09:32 PM , Rating: 5
If you can't innovate...litigate.

By bighairycamel on 12/13/2007 3:16:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yah it seems as though Opera is using this to push their own browser onto Windows users, which is what they are complaining about Microsoft doing. Corporate hypocrisy at its finest.

RE: Seems Opera is learning from the pros...
By MatthewAC on 12/13/2007 3:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
Hehehe, Operas my favorite browser but this is a bit of a low blow imo.
It's Microsofts software not Operas, they can use their own stuff by default if they want, I agree MS should start conforming to open-web standards, but the other part is just stupid.

The EU is a one-trick-pony against success >_>.

By kelmon on 12/14/2007 5:08:07 AM , Rating: 2
The EU is a one-trick-pony against success

I'd agree with you if Microsoft wasn't guilty of using its desktop monopoly position to lock the Web to IE. You can make Opera the greatest browser ever but if pages are still broken when rendered because they were written for IE then that's a problem. If IE implemented the standards then all pages would need to be written for standards and we'd all be happy.

In case this is not clear in my (many, sorry) comments on the subject, I am not anti-Microsoft in the context of bundling IE with Windows. It is their product and they have every right to ship it how they like. My problem is solely that IE does not implement the web standards - change that and Opera would have no case that I would support.

By thornburg on 12/13/2007 3:31:30 PM , Rating: 4
I don't agree with litigation as a business model, but Opera isn't going there because they can't innovate. Many of the good things that are in the 3 major web browsers (IE, FF, Safari) today were in Opera first, and nearly every worthwhile feature that IE has ever had was in Opera before it was in IE (even if Opera wasn't the first to have it).

To this day I think gesture control of a browser was a brilliant innovation, and that came from Opera first. I don't know if they invented tabbed browsing or not, but they had it before IE or FF. There are many other examples.

By cyriene on 12/14/2007 9:50:46 AM , Rating: 2
uh...I have been using Opera for a couple of years now and it is more innovative than IE as far as I am concerned. I much prefer Opera to FF as well.

I don't know if the lawsuit is right, but I don't feel myself switching from Opera to any other web broswer anytime soon.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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