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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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they're filing with the EU?
By Fenixgoon on 12/13/2007 3:09:54 PM , Rating: 3
microsoft is gonna get screwed.

seriously though - if MS doesn't package IE with an OS, then they'll get chewed out for selling an "incomplete product". if they do, they get sued (here).

same thing with Vista UAC - it tries to prevent retards from running that email trojan they downloaded in an attempt to make vista more secure. Yet they'd get blasted for not having a "secure enough system" if it's not included. and let's not forget the symantec kernel debacle.

As giant as MS is, I feel bad that they're put through stupid crap like this.

RE: they're filing with the EU?
By Moishe on 12/13/2007 3:57:28 PM , Rating: 2
One thing is for sure... giant != evil

But giant does get you the most attention from greedy folks.

Microsoft just needs to automagically assign all of their profits to the EU... but wait, I doubt that would prevent the lawsuits.

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