Monday, January 26, 2015
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
NVIDIA Comments On GeForce GTX 970 Memory Allocation Reports
Google Comments On Lack Of Security Patches On Older Android Phones
Sony is Offering Old Games To Settle The 2011 PlayStation Network Breach
Sony Postpones Earnings Announcement
January Windows 10 Build Released Through The Windows Insider Program
Flexible Computers Are Stil Away From Reality
China Denies Microsoft Outlook Hacking Allegations
A Look at Microsoft's New Spartan Browser
Active Discussions
Sound card for my Laptop
HELP!!!
full screen wide screen
UDF errors
Hi
The Simplest Way to Download KODAK HERO 7.1 Driver
About the restriction problem of chapter quantity in DVD
Booktype utilities for LiteON and OEM DVD Recorders
 Home > News > General Computing > EU: Mic...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Monday, January 19, 2009
EU: Microsoft's Tying of Internet Explorer to Windows Harms Browser Competition


The European Commission has sent a "Statement of Objections (SO)" to Microsoft on 15th January 2009, accusing Microsoft of stymieing competition by bundling its Internet Explorer Web browser with Windows systems.

In the SO, the Commission sets out evidence and outlines its preliminary conclusion that Microsoft?s tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice.

The evidence gathered during the investigation leads the Commission to believe that the tying of Internet Explorer with Windows, which makes Internet Explorer available on 90% of the world's PCs, distorts competition on the merits between competing web browsers insofar as it provides Internet Explorer with an artificial distribution advantage which other web browsers are unable to match.

"The Commission is concerned that through the tying, Microsoft shields Internet Explorer from head to head competition with other browsers which is detrimental to the pace of product innovation and to the quality of products which consumers ultimately obtain," EU said in a statement.

In addition, the Commission is concerned that the ubiquity of Internet Explorer creates artificial incentives for content providers and software developers to design websites or software primarily for Internet Explorer which ultimately risks undermining competition and innovation in the provision of services to consumers.

It added that Microsoft had eight weeks to reply.

Microsoft has had to shell out over $1 billion in fines to the commission in the past.

Microsoft and the EU have engaged in a running spat over competition issues for years, and the U.S. company has been fined several times for allegedly abusing its 95 percent dominance of personal computer systems through its ubiquitous Windows software.

Microsoft said in a separate statement on Friday that it was studying the Commission's views and did not rule out requesting a formal hearing.

"We are committed to conducting our business in full compliance with European law. We are studying the Statement of Objections now. Under European competition law procedure, Microsoft will be afforded an opportunity to respond in writing to this Statement of Objections within about two months. The company is also afforded an opportunity to request a hearing, which would take place after the submission of this response. Under EU procedure, the European Commission will not make a final determination until after it receives and assesses Microsoft's response and conducts the hearing, should Microsoft request one," the company said in the statement. BR>
In February, the EU fined the U.S. software company a record 899 million euros for discouraging software competition, the biggest ever imposed on a corporation at the time.

Microsoft controls an estimated three-quarters of the Web-browsing market through Explorer.


Previous
Next
Intel Slashes Prices of Core 2 Quad Processors        All News        EICTA: Plasma TVs Comply With Energy Efficiency Requirements
SAP, IBM to Roll Out First Joint Software "Alloy" in March     General Computing News      YouTube Videos Come to Wii and PS3

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Microsoft Launches the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 Smartphones
Microsoft Attacks Google Over Security Disclosures
Microsoft To Release Customer-centric Solutions This Spring
LaCie Rugged RAID And Mirror Portable Hard Drives Debut At CES
Next Windows To Launch With More Elegant Internet Browser: report
Tech Giants Support Microsoft In Data Fight With U.S.
Cortana Arrives in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain
Microsoft Creates Tools That Unlock the Power of Living Cells
Microsoft Acquires Mobile Email App Provider Acompli
Microsoft Accidentally Anounced Acquisition Of Acompli
Microsoft Offers Massive Music Deals For The Holidays
Nvidia Offers Two SHIELD Bundles For Black Friday

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .