I believe Microsoft got away with a lot of monopoly abuse in their history, but trying to make up for it now makes no sense. Partially because no one’s that scared of Microsoft any more; they’re late to all the cool stuff going on, and IE share is dropping all on its own.
Still, I think because Microsoft is easier to pick on now some groups are trying to score points by doing just that.
The EU and their get-IE-out-of-Windows kick — fueled by Google, Mozilla, and Opera (Opera?!) — is just silly. Microsoft was able to show how silly it was by saying “OK, we won’t include a browser in Windows 7 for Europe”. Then some of the big brains doing the bitching wondered how, without a browser, the user would get an alternative. Duh.
Anyway, it didn’t take a genius to see that having no browser would severely impact the user, so Microsoft came around to submitting a new proposal to the EU:
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.
This is as reasonable as the EU (and Microsoft rivals) can hope for. Naturally, the EU commission won’t agree to it right away, so all we get at this time is “The Commission has no further comment at this stage.” Yeah, whatever. Take the obvious concession and move on to something actually worthwhile. Does anyone else think the EU is making too much of IE?