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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: Blah Blah ... haters.
By Oregonian2 on 12/13/2007 9:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
I quite agree, I've tried Opera and it usually has been very good and very innovative, but never could like it enough to stay with it. Always migrated back to the Netscape/Firefox line of browsers. Not sure why.


RE: Blah Blah ... haters.
By TomZ on 12/13/2007 9:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
I used Opera for a while, and while I did like its GUI, there were a significant number of web sites that didn't render correctly. Maybe 1 in 20 or so? These same sites render correctly in IE and FF. I figure the reason is that because of Opera's low marketshare, most web developers don't bother doing any compatibility beyond IE and FF.


RE: Blah Blah ... haters.
By tomal on 12/14/2007 8:03:48 AM , Rating: 2
yeah Opera has been the most innovative of all the browser.

They only need open web standards ...... then they have the ability to knock out firefox as well ......

But i think opera is the future market leader ..... the future lies within mobile gadgets ..... n opera browser is already dominant there .......


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