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Microsoft previously admitted to not offering users a choice in browsers for Windows 7

Microsoft is been in hot water more than once over its practices of bundling browsers with its Windows operating system. Several years ago, EU regulators forced Microsoft to go to a ballot screen that allowed people more clarity in their choice for browsers. More recently, Microsoft has found itself under fire for changes to the browser ballot screen in Windows 7 and could face additional fines.
 
EU regulators announced today that they are preparing to charge Microsoft for failing to comply with the 2009 ruling.
 
"The next step is to open a formal proceeding into the company's breach of an agreement. We are working on this," EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters.
 
"It should not be a long investigation because the company itself explicitly recognized its breach of the agreement."
 
Regulators began investigating Microsoft in July; marking the first time Microsoft had failed to meet commitments under the EU antitrust ruling against it. Microsoft faces massive fines of up to 10% of its global turnover reports Reuters. Surprisingly, Microsoft admitted that it did not offer users a choice of browsers in Windows 7.
 
Microsoft may not be the only major technology firm in hot water with EU regulators. Almunia has also warned Google that it faces problems if it doesn't do more to address allegations that it may have undermined its competitors in the search market.
 
"If remedies offered by Google can eliminate our concerns, we will succeed in reaching an agreement. Otherwise, the legal road is a long one," Almunia said.

Source: Reuters



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RE: Funny....
By Shadowself on 9/27/2012 5:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
Your reference to removing a shortcut from the desktop is one of at least three different ways to defeat the IE implementation that was shown during the trial -- and the simplest, least effective of all three.

It was also shown that with a bit of hacking you could turn off all typical browser functionality from the OS. It was not supremely difficult. It did not destroy the OS.

If you turned off all browser functionality within the OS did it negatively effect any application that needed the OS to provide that functionality? Of course, yes. That functionality was no longer there! That was the point of removing it. Did it cripple the OS itself? No.

Microsoft could have kept IE as a standard app with other apps calling through inter application calls for the user chosen browser app to provide the necessary functionality. Microsoft chose to integrate IE and its related functionalities into the OS.

It could be turned off. Microsoft said that if it was turned off it would cripple the whole OS on a global basis. Not true. While I never took the time to perform the hack myself, I know people who did and still have a quite functional version of the OS.


RE: Funny....
By Manch on 9/28/2012 2:55:33 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
If you turned off all browser functionality within the OS did it negatively effect any application that needed the OS to provide that functionality? Of course, yes. That functionality was no longer there! That was the point of removing it. Did it cripple the OS itself? No.


That's like arguing that even though I don't have tires on my car it's still a working car because everything else works. Everything else does work but I still need the damn tires for the car to work as intended.


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates














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