EU fines Microsoft over web browser

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  1. MIG-31

    MIG-31 Old time Member.. Staff Member

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    The EU's competition regulator fines Microsoft 561 million euros ($731m; £484m) after it failed to keep a promise that it would promote a choice of rival web browsers.
     
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  2. Matth

    Matth Flash Banner Hater

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    Never understood the point...

    Browserchoice is an unneccessary complication for people who really don't care so long as it works, and people who do care, already know how to choose a different browser

    More to the point, the obstruction of alternative browsers on Windows RT should be a subject of much greater focus.
     
  3. Neshi

    Neshi HH's cuddly Blue Bear

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    you don't see that this will lead to unfair practice of 1 particular browser being 'promoted' by microsoft?
    One browser making a deal with Microsoft to be included in the OS package, will limit the exposure of the other browsers. People need to choose for themselves, not have one forced down their throats.
     
  4. Resistor

    Resistor Get it Going..

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    Sometime it doesn't make sense at all...
    People can still choose their own browser.... I don't think it make sense to include competitors' software into one own software...
     
  5. Liqourice

    Liqourice Well-Known Member

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    It's a tricky situation really. For one there is only one operating system to chose from really, unless you buy a mac. There lies the problem. I agree that it sounds just stupid to force MS to include all kinds of different browsers in their product, it's like demanding that a car manufacturer has to provide 5 different stereos in their cars instead of the brand of their choise.

    Of course I want people to be able to chose but it's borderline ridicilous to force them to ship every copy of the OS with three or for different browsers. There's no real sense in that.

    Delivering it with no browser at all is no option either, how are people gonna get out on the web to download one of their choise? There has to be at least one included.

    I never thought I'd side with MS on anything but this is getting ridicilous. If I remember correctly after installing W7 and starting IE up I got the choise to download other browsers. That works for me.
     
  6. steves6403

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    Who gets the prize money whoops i mean the fine money?
     
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    comp_ali Sniper

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    They agreed to include different browsers from the start and they are punished because they broke the agreement.
     
  8. Resistor

    Resistor Get it Going..

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    It is true.. but they were forced to do that...
    Usually I don't side with MS but on this one, I really feel sorry for them...

    It make sense to fine them if I cannot install Firefox, Chrome, etc
     
  9. Calliers

    Calliers Side hustle: Mayor of Kenja Staff Member

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    I don't see why they didn't just avoid the hefty fine by providing a different browser with their OS, there's so many browsers out there that they could have done so cost effectively.
     
  10. CDsDontBurn

    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    If I were MS, I would have included an obscure browser that doesn't work. After OS is installed, there would be three icons on the desktop: IE, obscure browser, recycle bin.

    This would be within EU regulations to promote another browser that isn't just IE, and it will make people want to use IE over any other browser. :lol:
     
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    Calliers Side hustle: Mayor of Kenja Staff Member

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    I totally agree. :)
     
  12. CDsDontBurn

    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    I was thinking of one like Retawq :lol:
     
  13. Liqourice

    Liqourice Well-Known Member

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    Lynx :D

    And it even works, noone will want to use it though!
     
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    Promote a range of web browsers?
    Browser Choice Screen pop-up!
    I just think that was the really speculation!
    Though it is fined for that, but the publicity is for a long term!
     

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