Wednesday, 25 February 2009

EU and Microsoft...

Late in January, I emailed the EC with regards to Microsoft bundling a browser with Windows.

I asked why there is an issue with Microsoft bundling Internet Explorer with Windows when the EC seem to have no problem with Apple bundling Safari with OS X or with Ubuntu bundling Firefox with its OS.

Today, the EC, through Head of Unit Per Hellstrom, got back to me with an explanation.

Basically it boils down to this, Microsoft are successful. They say that because Microsoft are in a dominant position, they cannot use that position to push their browser on the public. Apple on the other hand, are less successful, and therefore have free reign (or so it seems), to bundle whatever they want with OS X.

So, Microsoft are being punished for being successful. Apple are being treated with kid gloves because OS X is a minority.

What a funny world we live in.

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