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[News] EU Commission Criticised for Letting Microsoft Off the Hook After IE Crimes

  • Subject: [News] EU Commission Criticised for Letting Microsoft Off the Hook After IE Crimes
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:00:52 +0100
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Opera lobby dubs IE ballot screen 'threatening and confusing'

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| The chief European critic of Microsoft's Windows-IE bundling 
| says the company's proposed web browser ballot screen 
| compromise is a sham, accusing Redmond of packing the screen 
| with "threatening and confusing" questions.
| The European Commission is well into its anti-trust 
| investigation aimed at curtailing IE integration with the 
| upcoming release of Windows 7 and older versions. The most 
| likely resolution is Microsoft's acceptance this July to offer 
| users a ballot screen that gives users the choice of 
| installing IE or a rival web browser.


FSFE to EC: Donât waste an opportunity with a hasty deal

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| High Noon in Brussels. At the end of her term, competition 
| Commissioner Neelie Kroes is wrapping up two open cases 
| against Microsoft. The company offered to settle in July 2009.
| FSFE is involved in both of cases. We are concerned that the 
| Commission may end up reversing years of successful antitrust 
| work if Neelie Kroes settles for far too little in order to 
| close a deal, any deal. That would mean that Europeans remain 
| stuck with the present Microsoft monopoly in most areas of the 
| desktop. Even worse, that monopoly would have the Commissionâs 
| official seal of approval, effectively ruining many years of 
| outstanding work by Ms Kroes and her team.



Opera CEO: Microsoft is 'playing a game'

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| "They are trying to play a game," said von Tetzchner, "and I don't think
| anyone appreciates that fact they are trying to get away with a solution that
| doesn't solve anything.
| "Microsoft is proposing a solution that is not going to solve the issue or
| provide consumers with choice," he added.


Opera says Windows 7 'tweak' is not enough

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| WEB BROWSER outfit Opera, which sparked an EU antitrust investigation into
| Microsoft's business practices in Europe, remains dissatisfied with its
| rival's move to unbundle Internet Exploder 8 from Windows 7.

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