Microsoft Says No Way: To Google’s Browser in Windows

May 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Microsoft is fighting yet another anti-trust suit in Europe, over its refusal to include competitors’ browsers in its Windows operating system, including Google’s new Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera. The European Commission in Brussels is pushing for Microsoft to pre-install competitors’ browsers in Windows, even threatening to disable Windows default browser, Internet Explorer.

According to the NY Times, Microsoft plans to argue before the Commission in June, that including Google’s Chrome browser in Windows would unduly strengthen Google’s already virtual monopoly of the search-advertising market.

Microsoft’s defense strategy is certainly ironic, considering its Windows operating system runs more than 90 percent of the world’s personal computers. Additionally its default Windows browser, Internet explorer controls nearly 70 percent of the worldwide market. In recent years, Mozilla’s Firefox has cut into Microsoft’s browser dominance.

Microsoft’s argument contends that since Mozilla financially benefits from driving Web traffic to Google’s search engine, and Google earns huge revenues from its search results advertising, including Mozilla and Google’s browsers in Windows would unduly contribute to Google’s dominance of the search advertising market.

Microsoft’s argument against Google certainly reveals how much Google has developed into a direct competitor of Microsoft’s in recent years. Not only is the search engine giant, dominating search result advertising, it now has its own browser and operating system for smart phones, called Android.

Microsoft also plans to make the argument that its Internet Explorer browser is inseparable from the Windows operating system and it already is losing market share to Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

The European anti-trust suit was first brought against Microsoft by Opera. Since that time, many of Microsoft’s rivals have jumped on board as co-defendants, including Google, Mozilla, Sun Microsystems, Nokia, I.B.M., Adobe, Red Hat and Corel.

William Echikson, a Google spokesman in Brussels is all for “more competition.”

Microsoft lost a previous European anti-trust case involving its media player and computer coding and was forced to pay more than 1 billion euros in fines and penalties. Microsoft informed its investors this current anti-trust case could result in substantial penalties as well.

Microsoft and the numerous competitor co-defendants are scheduled to make their arguments before a European Commission officer in Brussels sometime in June.


Comments

One Response to “Microsoft Says No Way: To Google’s Browser in Windows”

  1. darryl stein on May 22nd, 2009 3:57 pm

    So , how about publishing a list of these blowhards in the E.U. and an email address, so we , the public can put our opinions in their laps so they understand that their phony protectionism of their populace is detrimental to the advancement of technology which the E.U. will wish they had,once the current and future technological advances get banned/removed from all equipment bound for the E.U. the mfr.’s will get a belly full of the legal costs and hassle and just ban the technology and equipment from the E.U. which will enflame the public and feed a black market they can’t control. These folks are not too bright are they?
    I run Vista with IE7 but also run Opera/Google Chrome /and Mozilla Firefox depending on what I want and from where..They are easily downloadable and manageable within Vista even if you run IE7…

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