EU Abandons Decade-Long Microsoft Antitrust Case

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winmaster

Microsoft lost this case,  but consumers are the real loosers. Now, instead of Europeans firing up their new PC and being able to just go on the internet, they will now have to first go through a stupid browser ballot. They will wonder why thier PC doesn't just go online, when mac's can. This was a non-issue until the EU started sticking their heads where they don't belong-inside of Microsoft's ass. I'm glad I don't live in Europe. Every modern OS ships with a web browser that you can just use. If I want a different one, I don't need a browser ballot to help me. As for my mother, why can't she use IE, its not like she'll notice the difference.

 Europeans officially piss me off now. 

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weaslem32

What's really irritating about this whole thing is that Windows is Microsofts own software. If they want to bundle their own Internet browser with it, who cares? It's their software and they own it. Why in the hell would they even consider bundling a competitors browser anyway. If people don't like IE, then they will install a different one. No one is telling Apple that they can't bundle the Safari browser with OS X. What about Firefox with Ubuntu? As long as you can unistall it from the OS, then it should be fine. Next thing you know they are going to start bitching that they include Paint or Wordpad instead of something else. If someone doesn't like it, then use a different piece of software or change OS's. I can't stand governments who get involved with issues they have no business dictating.

metropolis has you.

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nsvander

The problem is that in the past you had to go through hoops to uninstall IE, it was not just a simple click on Add/Remove Programs and click remove like you can with any other browser you install.  Also running windows update was not an option with any other browser as M$ used active X to allow the Windows Update program to run, FireFox does not use ActiveX so therefore you would not be able to run WU from with in FireFox.

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nekollx

 except that changed with Vista which happend like 3 years ago

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bathtbgin

What amazes me about all of this MS anti-trust stuff is that its all because of the web browser, which is FREE!.  The only company that I ever remember actually trying to sell a web browser was Netscape, and that pretty much stopped after IE started shipping with windows.

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Scootiep

Good, the EU is just a governmental form of Wi-Lan in disguise.

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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nekollx

 Good now go after Apple EU for the EXACT SAME THING

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