The EU is strapped for cash these days, so maybe they'll really sock it to them!
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
I'll say it again, until they force EVERY OS to do this, then it's unfair to expect MS to do it.
It's not unfair. The restriction is in place to prevent a company with a monopoly position in one market (Microsoft, OS) from abusing that monopoly to compete unfairly in another market (browsers). The rule does not apply to other vendors because they do not have a ubiquitous desktop presence.
Microsoft has a history for this type of abuse, so they specifically need to be kept in line. There are many, many, examples that show how they've driven competition out of business and harmed consumers, but here are just a couple:
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Really, and what were they supposed to do? Ship windows with no browser at all? And then what, go to walmart and buy a copy of the browser you want? Of course IE was included in Windows. And nothing was stopping anyone from downloading and installing the browser they wanted. It didn't stop me from using Netscape, or Firefox.
>> Really, and what were they supposed to do? Ship windows with no browser at all?
“Microsoft first proposed to Netscape that, rather than compete with each other, the two companies should enter an illegal conspiracy to divide up the market. When Netscape refused, Microsoft then used its Windows monopoly to, in Microsoft’s own words, ‘cut off Netscape’s air supply.’” —Joel Klein, Assistant Attorney General (quoting Paul Maritz, Microsoft’s then-Group Vice President of the Platform Applications Group)
People that like Microsoft integrating IE tightly with the OS are the same people that don't remember how badly IE6 stagnated after Netscape was driven from the marketplace.
And, once the competition was dead... they dropped Mac support - in order to kill off the OS by leaving them with an antiquated browser
It wasn't until Mozilla introduced the free Firefox browser (which couldn't be driven out of business) that MS even put a new team together to develop web browsers (they had dissolved the IE team after killing the competition off).
Microsoft must be forced to give consumers choice, or technology will continue to be retarded by their anti-consumer actions.
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