Microsoft ends 10-year fight with Europe on browsers

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  1. kicknhorse
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    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8415902.stm

    To give you some idea of the acctual market browser share - though most of these I assume would be those not too familiar with the internet, as most here seem to use Firefox;

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    Oh Opera, we love you and hope you grow!
     


  2. OSW

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    IMO, Opera deserves better. I find the usability of Firefox, Chrome and Opera very equal (although I rarely use apps/extensions and such things).

    IE has always been terrible, and I think it's only fair that the betters browsers are now more accessible to the uneducated of the internet.
     
  3. ap831

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    I've had a lot of problems with opera and youtube.
     
  4. Fat D

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    I do not get all this fighting against MS bundling IE. Sure, IE is not the best browser and MS uses its monopoly to push it, but denying them the right to bundle their software is weird to me. Every system needs some kind of web browser, and if IE is the best thing MS has to offer for free, they should have every right to bundle it. After all, you need IE to download a real browser. But including a client do download a browser of choice is an alternative.
     
  5. Athlon-pv

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    It is not about bundling their software. It is about doing it for free.

    If I sell you 3 strawberries and a lemon for free what sense does that business model make ?

    You only pay for the 3 strawberries but since i hold a world monopoly on strawberries do you know that you paid for them according to the price that i have set and not made the 1 for free in that price that i gave you for all 4.

    So basically you would still play for all 4 but on the record you paid only for the strawberry and not for the lemon.

    Which ofcourse is a form of false competition. Since you paid for it anyway.
     
  6. zuron7

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    You still have the freedom to choose which one to use.
    Just because they bundle it with the OS doesn't mean we have to use it.
     
  7. Rydian

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    I'd most certainly prefer using IE to download firefox than trying to get it via the built-in commandline FTP or telnet. [​IMG]
     
  8. Pliskron

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    European regulators are so frigging stupid. Who the hell cares what Windows is bundled with. People are moving away from Microsoft products because they suck. I stopped useing Windows media player, then explorer, then windows for everything but a few legacy tasks. In the next ten years Microsoft will be lucky if they have 50% of the os market. Problem fixed without regulators sticking their noses where they don't belong. How many people here use Linux?
     
  9. Danny Tanner

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    This is the stupidest thing I have ever seen in my life. It's like suing grandma because she only buys you Hotwheels and not Matchbox.
     
  10. Langin

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    yea go Safari! Opera deserves a bit more glory...
     
  11. Hadrian

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    Does it really matter? It's not like Microsoft made it so you couldn't use another browser.

    What a waste of time and money for those involved.
     
  12. pasc

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    more Opera love ! It works perfect.
     
  13. nico445

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    wait... doesn't apple just ship their macs too with an browser already installed?..
     
  14. mkoo

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    My thought exactly.
    As for the Opera,
    In Russia Opera uses YOU!
     
  15. Demonbart

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    This is retarded.
    People who used IE in the first place aren't likely to switch browsers due to this, and people who use different browsers knew how to download in the first place.
    Also, Mac users don't get the choice either AFAIK.
     
  16. Jamstruth

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    Question: If Microsoft didn't bundle IE with Windows, how would you go about downloading an alternative browser?
     
  17. Demonbart

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    They bundle a couple of browsers with Windows now, and the user gets the choice which browser they want to install upon installing Windows.
     
  18. lightyear

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    WTF???? People are just never happy.

    Note to the douchbag spearheading the lawsuit: Just because it's bundled doesn't mean you have to use it, let alone the fact that you can easily uninstall it, even, if it bothers you that much.

    Look, I'm all for suing M$'s greedy asses every chance possible.....but really??? They were sued in the US years ago because they didn't bundle IE & win, and now they are sued in Europe for following the terms of the lawsuit in the US....whatever....seems like Europeans are just jealous of the fact that they haven't sued M$ yet [​IMG]
     
  19. shakirmoledina

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    whatever the reason to protest but the fact tht they are allowing other browsers will definitely boost firefox... cuz its famous
     
  20. imz

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    chrome works best for me