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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: default IE is GOOD
By kelmon on 12/14/2007 5:24:08 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, dear god - have you completely lost your mind? IE is ONLY available for Windows (WINE, excepting) so are you honestly saying that a monopoly OS and monopoly browser is GOOD? If Microsoft made IE available for all platforms then it's less of a problem but condoning the current situation and even encouraging it gives Microsoft the right to dictate how you use a computer since you won't be able to switch to any other platform. I'm sorry but the status quo has to change must change to one where a web app developed works the same in all browsers because they all use the same standards.

And, no, no one chews Microsoft out over the inclusion of Notepad because there's more applications that can read/edit text files than you can shake a stick at for every platform.


RE: default IE is GOOD
By tomal on 12/14/2007 8:02:11 AM , Rating: 2
yeah i agree with u .....

but i think Firefox 3.0 will somewhat shift websites to adopt open web standards due to its higher popularity ...... in the process, this will benefit opera too .....


RE: default IE is GOOD
By kelmon on 12/14/2007 9:44:41 AM , Rating: 2
On the World Wide Web in general, that's possible and the situation is certainly much better now than it was before. Unfortunately this is not because IE has become standards-compliant but rather because web developers have recognised that they need to support other browsers and they have been prepared to do double-work. This is clearly very inefficient and a waste of everyones time.

My main issue is with corporate applications - I honestly can't see Firefox 3 making any impact there because businesses aren't interested. Regardless, the only thing that is really going to make a difference to this stupid situation is if IE conforms to the standards and abandons its legacy methods of laying out content.

Write Once, Run Anywhere is what we need to be aiming for, not the current Write Twice, Run Anywhere situation.


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