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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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MS and EU
By sagge on 12/13/2007 6:00:58 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft must obey with the laws of the countries where they sell their products. USA has laws, and Miscrosoft must obey them. Same way, EU has laws, and Microsoft must obey them. If they don't like the European laws, nobody forces them to sell their products there.

Because Microsoft has shown little or no respect for the laws in the past, they must pay the fines. If they don't like it, obey the laws. And if they don't want to obey the laws in EU, they don't have to... They are totally free to stop selling their idiotic OS there. But for some reason they continue to sell the crap, sometimes even illegal crap, and then cry about beeing sued for breaking the rules.

RE: MS and EU
By HimuraX03 on 12/13/2007 9:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
To some degree I agree with you. Sometimes laws are silly but we still must live by them. Kinda like my last it's a 4 lane road, why is the speed limit only 55MPH.

Chipper office's response: "Sir..we have laws for a reason, if you don't want to live by the laws on the road...don't drive."

While it sounds harsh to Microsoft, they should pull out of the EU with their product. We'll see how long our neighbors over the pond will survive on the N flavors of Linux and the oh so cool Mac OS.

RE: MS and EU
By Oregonian2 on 12/13/2007 9:31:09 PM , Rating: 2
While it sounds harsh to Microsoft, they should pull out of the EU with their product. We'll see how long our neighbors over the pond will survive on the N flavors of Linux and the oh so cool Mac OS.

I suspect the EU will declare that to be illegal as well.

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