Microsoft Reacts to EU Comment

January 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am


Microsoft Corp. is again under attack from the European Commission, again for something to do with antitrust. "The Statement of Objections expresses the Commission’s preliminary view that the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows since 1996 has violated European competition law. According to the Statement of Objections, other browsers are foreclosed from competing because Windows includes Internet Explorer. The Statement of Objections states that the remedies put in place by the U.S. courts in 2002 following antitrust proceedings in Washington, D.C. do not make the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows lawful under European Union law."

In Microsoft’s defense, I have to say that they have the right to include whatever program they please. It does not make any sense, Microsoft made the operating system, why can’t they include the web browsing application in it? Can’t the just claim that IE is simple part of Windows? And why isn’t anybody complaining about solitaire? It’s included in Windows, so is calculator, and notepad.

Microsoft isn’t reacting quite the way I wanted to but here it is nonetheless, “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.“

It’s crazy. I’m expecting Microsoft to be furious.

Why is it that Microsoft gets all these complaints about antitrust while Apple’s products are even more restrictive than Windows.?