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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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RE: Windows N
By cmdrdredd on 12/13/2007 4:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
Or MS could put every browser in existance there and there will be millions of people complaining that there are too many. It's far easier to just install one, keep one updated through windows updates, and provide support for one. People can use what they want, but if they want integration of multiple browsers they have to provide support for them all. Who's gonna pay for that? Opera will ultimately end up having to pay MS for that to ever happen. I'm sorry but this will probably go nowhere because this was already settled with Nutscrape long long ago. Hell, Opera is the worst browser I've ever used.

RE: Windows N
By BMFPitt on 12/13/2007 4:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry but this will probably go nowhere because this was already settled with Nutscrape long long ago.
Don't hate on Netscape... It was an incredible browser until AOL bought the company and ran it into the ground, then continued to run it halfway to the core of the Earth.

RE: Windows N
By 306maxi on 12/13/2007 4:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
Excellent! Then we will have even more idiots going on about how Windows gets more bloated with each release. I was so disappointed when I couldn't install Vista on my 386 that only has a 70mb hdd. You've lost a good customer here Microsoft!!!!!

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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