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Microsoft Proposal to European Commission
« on: July 25, 2009, 08:59:24 pm »

Microsoft Proposal to European Commission

Quote from: Microsoft, REDMOND, Wash. - July 24, 2009
Under our new proposal, among other things, European consumers who buy a new Windows PC with Internet Explorer set as their default browser would be shown a ‘ballot screen’ from which they could, if they wished, easily install competing browsers from the Web. If this proposal is ultimately accepted, Microsoft will ship Windows in Europe with the full functionality available in the rest of the world.

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Re: Microsoft Proposal to European Commission
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2009, 10:26:50 pm »

Seems like a reasonable thing to do. Don't know if it'll pacify the Commission and their lawyers, but the only reason they would fight M$ over this thing is their (M$'s) dominance. Apple doesn't even go that far, they just rely on Mac users being clever enough to understand on their own how to deal with browsers... :) (meaning that Apple is doing more "wrong" than Microsoft in this area, but nobody cares.)


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Re: Microsoft Proposal to European Commission
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2009, 11:20:11 pm »

It's indeed about dominance. Microsoft dominates important it infrastructures.
Here in the Netherlands, it is hard to communicate with governmental  agencies, without having to install windows compatible applications.
ISP help-desks operators shiver when you need support when running a non-windows system. Ridiculous of course. internet protocols are the only real widely implemented standards around and a router suplied by thar ISP will most likely run *nix  ;D.
Most companies depend on Windows to run their expensive software.
Also, universities in Holland, have little interest in open-standards.
We don't have any legislation, that enforces the use of open standards, like Massachusetts has, non whatsoever.   
There's a lot of work to do here.

Anyway, one small step for a man, but one giant leap for Microsoft.

I am quite curious what legislations other countries have to enforce the use of open standards ( or not have ).