European antitrust regulators have told Microsoft Corp. that the company's practice of including its Internet browser with its popular Windows operating system violates European competition law
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.
It's been more than a year since Opera Software's antitrust complaint to the European Commission:
- Questions about Opera's antitrust complaint against Microsoft
- The case for unbundling Internet Explorer
These articles answered a few questions and made the case for unbundling IE, which is exactly what the EU might be considering.
While the browser market is heating up, IE is still holding everyone back, and we have to spend far too much time creating workarounds for IE's bugs and non-standard behaviour.
Last year, Opera's antitrust complaint forced Microsoft to default to standards mode in IE8.