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Microsoft cancels oral hearing in EC browser-bundling case

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| So what happens now? Will the European Commission issue accelerate its final 
| ruling — which more than a few observers are expecting will be in favor of 
| Opera and possibly involve a hefty fine plus un-bundling remedies, based on 
| the wording of the EC’s preliminary findings in the matter — with no further 
| input?    



IBM-led tech outfit backs EC in Microsoft browser fight

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| “This is an important case to ensure that browsers can compete on the [sic]
| merits and that consumers have a true choice in the software they use to
| access the World Wide Web," said ECIS spokesman Thomas Vinje.


ECIS Press Statement

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| Support Grows for EU Browser Case against Microsoft
| Brussels – 15 April 2009 – The European Commission recognised ECIS as an
| interested third party in support of the Commission’s preliminary findings
| (Statement of Objections) that Microsoft is violating EU anti-trust law by
| tying its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser to its dominant Windows
| operating system present on over 90% of all personal computers.


Mozilla: Sometimes govt. is answer to Microsoft

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| Despite this success, Baker believes that government, and in the European
| Commission in particular, has a role to play in further leveling the playing
| field. As she notes in a recent blog post, government entities would perhaps
| have less relevance but for the antitrust activity that resulted in
| Microsoft's dominant market share in the first place:
|     Microsoft did not obtain its (Internet Explorer) hegemony solely through
|     competition on the merits of IE. A number of illegal activities were also
|     involved in creating IE's market dominance...The idea that Microsoft is
|     an innocent victim (of European Commission intervention) is deeply
|     flawed.


E.U. mulling ordering Microsoft to carry rival web browsers

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| In its regulatory filing in the U.S. submitted late January, Microsoft said
| that the commission is considering ordering Microsoft and computer makers
| to "obligate users to choose a particular browser when setting up a new PC."
| That might include a requirement that computer manufacturers "distribute
| multiple browsers on new Windows-based PCs," Microsoft said in the SEC
| filing.


EC to Microsoft: We may still fine you

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| In a statement earlier today, European Commission spokesperson Jonathan Todd
| is quoted by two sources, the International Herald-Tribune and the AFP, as
| having publicly renewed the EC's warning to Microsoft that it could impose
| more fines and force the company to offer competing Web browsers as an
| alternative to Internet Explorer, for the company's European edition of
| Windows 7.


EU May Order Microsoft To Carry Rival Web Browsers


EU Mulling Ordering Microsoft To Carry Rival Web Browsers


Microsoft fears EU fine over browser

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