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  • Started 1 year ago by vistamike
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vistamike
vistamike
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Microsoft has been fined 561 million euros ($731m; £484m) for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer, to users in the European Union (EU).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21684329

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

I get the option of browsers, but it comes in an update after the installation !

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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LH

That makes sense because you need IE for Windows Updates to run. It has to be IE AND not OR.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Tony. You never used,
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ie-tab-2-ff-36/

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amkeew
amkeew
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Lh - "I get the option of browsers"

Where ? My IE 9 does not seem to have it.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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It is not shown in the browser, but in the update. Just pops up. Only in Europe tho.

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Xhi
Xhi
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Are Europeans not smart enough to figure out that there are a myriad of different browsers that can be used instead of IE? Someone has to tell them?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Are you insulting my intelligence ?

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Xhi
Xhi
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Didn't think so. Seems the European Commission is though.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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Xhi

It was the devs of Opera that started this idiocy I think. As far as I'm concerned, it's like telling Ford that they must offer all available options by every hifi manufacturer as to which sound system the customer wants fitted to their cars.

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Xhi
Xhi
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I love it when "The Government", any "Government", takes it upon themselves to save us from ourselves. I would laugh if it did not raise the price of my Operating System.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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$731m is "chump change" to MS.

Should have charged them the maximum penalty of $9B which was due.

MS will never change its bad habits with that small penalty.

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whs
whs
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Absolutely right Rick. They should fine them so that it hurts. Users are fed up with M$ exploiting their monopoly.

I don't understand people who are against goverments protecting consumers from monopolistic exploitation.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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Even when they invented that system that is the monopoly? No one has to use it.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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And the EU is a waste of time and money too.

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whs
whs
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SJ, if you own over 90% of the market, you have certain responsibilities.

And anyhow, MS was fined because they did not stick to an agreement. I am sure MS had an army of lawyers when the agreement was initially negotiated. But then they dropped dead on it and did nothing. That's why they got fined. They thought the EU would not follow up on it - now they know better and the next time they make agreements they will be more careful.

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Xhi
Xhi
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Yes, isn't Government wonderful. After leaving the large white tags proclaiming DO NOT REMOVE THIS TAG UNDER PENALTY OF LAW drooping from the bottom of all my furniture and pillows for many, many years I am glad to see they finally wised up and added "except by the consumer". I have my shears out and the weekend is coming.

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warlock
warlock
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Wonder whose pocket this fine money will end up in, if it is ever paid.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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Xhi

I thought you was kidding! :O

whs

The reality is that there is nothing about Windows that stops a consumer using whatever browser they wish after it is installed...that particular law is superfluous in my opinion.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Not ours for sure. The EU government needs all the money they can get.

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