Microsoft looks to have another Europe-sized antitrust headache on its hands. Norwegian browser maker Opera has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission, accusing Microsoft of abusing its dominant position in the browser market by tying Internet Explorer to Windows and by not complying with W3C web standards when it comes to how IE renders pages.
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There are a lot of news on Opera and Microsoft and Internet Explorer.
Here are a few:
Opera files antitrust complaint with the EU
"The complaint describes how Microsoft is abusing its dominant position by tying its browser, Internet Explorer, to the Windows operating system and by hindering interoperability by not following accepted Web standards. Opera has requested the Commission to take the necessary actions to compel Microsoft to give consumers a real choice and to support open Web standards in Internet Explorer".
For an economist this is of utmost importance:
"We are filing this complaint on behalf of all consumers who are tired of having a monopolist make choices for them," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera. "In addition to promoting the free choice of individual consumers, we are a champion of open Web standards and cross-platform innovation. We cannot rest until we've brought fair and equitable options to consumers worldwide."
Personally I do not agree to a monopolist. Microsoft is not a monopolist, but have a monopolistic (or market leader) position in parts of the IT-industry. That is far from identical concepts to an economist.
I have bolded the most important words.
» Opera files complaint against Microsoft in the EU over IE, Windows bundle; CTO makes Web standards case | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com
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