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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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By Imaginer on 12/13/2007 5:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
So I do not see why it should be even an issue. There are plenty of features and the ease of use in Opera are key points for me to effectively be my dominant browser. I only move to IE when Opera comes upon a website that it can't effectively display or function correctly.

I mean look how Firefox lit the forest fire on the net. Slowly it gained momentum and now most to everyone uses it. Granted, I too was one but then I saw the light of Opera. (that and when they announced it was free to use, it made me experiment)

The only and I mean ONLY reason why IE has a huge presence is the corporate and business machines that have them on each person's workstation and the mentality that all of the necessary websites that companies use work with IE. And usually IT admins just leave IE as the browser to use and it is up to them whether or not to green light FF or Opera.




By Imaginer on 12/13/2007 5:02:30 PM , Rating: 2
Because from what I read, the company behind Opera wants Microsoft to show all alternatives on their operating system from what I read...


By Imaginer on 12/13/2007 5:04:31 PM , Rating: 2
Oops, that parent post above this child one should be a separate post and the title for it should be

"What next? Advertise OSX on Windows Vista's boot screen?"


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