January 19, 2009
The European Union has charged Microsoft for unlawful competition in Europe, one more time.
The Commission's decision stems from Microsoft's bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows.
The EU says that Microsoft has abused its monopoly by including Internet Explorer in the Windows operating
system, unfairly eliminating its competition in both Europe and abroad.
The Commission also claims that the actions undertaken by courts in the United States more than seven years ago don't make the bundling any
For its part, Microsoft has stated repeatedly that it's currently reviewing the EU's charges. It added that
it is still unsure whether or not to request a hearing on the case.
The EU says that Microsoft needs to reply by March 20, 2009 at the very latest.
It is hoped that this will lead Microsoft to implement an easy and supported method of uninstalling
any version of Internet Explorer from Windows, it that's what the user wants.
And it should also be possible to do so independently of which version of IE is installed on the computer, whether it is
the older OS version of Windows XP and/or Windows Vista.
Internet Explorer may have made inportant strides when it comes to security and standards support, but its
interface still leaves a lot to be desired.
In Europe, users have more choice when it comes to browsers, and they can thank the people at Opera
The Opera browser has more features and is friendlier to use than IE is. Also gaining popularity
among Internet users is Firefox, the open source browser now used by millions of people, not just in
Europe but everywhere.
Source: Operating Systems Today.org