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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 kalimystic on 12/13/2007 5:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
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!!




By anotherdude on 12/14/2007 9:54:05 AM , Rating: 2
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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!!


Thank you for that unfiltered look at the thoughts of the mindless Linux joyboy and MS hater. This explains a lot actually.


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