Dear EU: Can We Be Done With The Windows 7 and IE Nonsense Now?


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?

4 thoughts on “Dear EU: Can We Be Done With The Windows 7 and IE Nonsense Now?

  1. I for one enjoy seeing Microsoft getting poked in the eye like this. As a matter of fact, I think they deserve an eternal ration of pokes, kicks, spitballs and wedgies for what they done to stagnate innovation over the years. Cripes, they even let development on their own browser stall until they saw Firefox gaining in the rear-view mirror!

  2. Anti-Yankee,

    Yes, I deleted your comment. Calling me names would be bad enough, but let’s not sling mud at the commenters, ‘K?


    I’m not sure how much of this is because they’re an American company. There may or may not be some truth to that, but the fact is the bigger players get targeted, and if they happen to be American, so be it.

    In this case, I really do believe it’s trying to make up for doing nothing during what I believe to be the height of Microsoft’s “power” in the 90s. Nowadays, IE is dying from its own mistakes, and simply not being as good as its competitors. The EU hammering the issue now means nothing.

    Finally, in America the DOJ was just as useless at managing Microsoft’s abuses. This is by no means only an EU issue, though I don’t see the DOJ jumping on the current Windows 7/IE bandwagon (yet).

  3. This, I believe, is not only a case against Microsoft, but it’s a case of plain old fashion ‘anti-Americanism’!

    The European powers have long been jealous and envious of U.S. power, and its the main reason for the European Union very existence in the first place. Europe doesn’t like America being on top; they want to be equal to the U.S. in everything, be it economically, politically or even militarily!

    Until that larger anti-bias can be addressed, don’t expect too much fair treatment for Microsoft or any other American company.

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