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Originally Posted by jsc1973 View Post

Microsoft could ship Windows in the EU preloaded with IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera, and the EU would fine them for shipping Windows with too many choices and confusing people.

That is farcical and shows a complete misunderstanding of why Microsoft is being fined.
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post #22 of 59
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Originally Posted by jsc1973 View Post

Microsoft could ship Windows in the EU preloaded with IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera, and the EU would fine them for shipping Windows with too many choices and confusing people.

Microsoft did ship Windows with multiple choices and now they don't. It's all in the article.
 
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post #23 of 59
I love the support so many give to a company that gladly crushes and destroys anything that resembles competition.

Apple, however, should also be fined, as should Google for Android and soon Chrome OS. Fining Linux developers for having like 2-3% market share for releasing something that is mostly free is funny though.
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Originally Posted by Raven.7 View Post

I'd LOVE to know what the European Union would do if Microsoft flat out refused to pay the fine.

Put trade restrictions in place? Their entire enterprise and that of over 1000 major EU-based corporations probably runs on Windows-based back and front-ends.

So many filthy millionaires will flip, the EU will have to back off and let the free-market decide what it wants.

Do tell what this free market is that you speak of.
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The responses in this thread are flat out ridiculous.

Microsoft LOST an Anti-trust case. They were given provisions. They broke the provisions. They are due to be fined.

Any argument otherwise is pathetic, and ridiculous.
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post #25 of 59
it comes from a 10 year old ruling..

Up until Windows 7 IE couldn't be removed and that if I recall correctly is/was the problem. Safari in OSX and FF in Linux can be completely uninstalled.

Bill Gates is a great guy, but MS is not a great company.
 
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post #26 of 59
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Originally Posted by Rubers View Post

The responses in this thread are flat out ridiculous.

Microsoft LOST an Anti-trust case. They were given provisions. They broke the provisions. They are due to be fined.

Any argument otherwise is pathetic, and ridiculous.


How did Microsoft break the provisions?
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The European Commission had accused Microsoft in October of breaking a promise to offer European consumers a choice of rival browsers in the previous version of its Windows operating system.

I'm on a Microsoft Operating System right now and I can go to any one of these sites and make my CHOICE of browsers.

https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
http://www.waterfoxproject.org/
http://www.opera.com/

etc, etc, etc.

Microsoft isn't taking away peoples choice ... the people are just too STUPID to make the choice.


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post #27 of 59
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This is pretty unjust;
Android comes with its integrated browser, iOS/Mac OS come with Safari, Linux distros come with Firefox... and then you can download the alternatives for yourself.

Microsoft's OS is no different, so I don't see why they are being singled out. Either everyone should be fined, or no one.

Android OS's first page is what? A Google landing page with ZERO ads on it.

Linux Distros that come with Firefox (or Chromium, as some distros come with) has a landing page with ZERO ads on it.

Internet Explorer? http://uk.msn.com/?ocid=iehp MS home page, covered in ads.

There's the difference.
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The EU made a request/demand for a browser selection screen before in Oct. '12. Microsoft hasn't complied.

 

Why should they? Last time I checked Windows was developed by Microsoft. Not Google or Mozilla.

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I think it's hilarious that out of all the various software monopolies that exist (and there are LOTS of them in the business world, and I'm not talking about Microsoft), the EU concentrates on...Internet Explorer.
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I think it's hilarious that out of all the various software monopolies that exist (and there are LOTS of them in the business world, and I'm not talking about Microsoft), the EU concentrates on...Internet Explorer.

A common argument "theres way worse/other stuff", common but never good.
 
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