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The EU and Microsoft Settle Browser Issue; Interoperability with FOSS Still a Problem

Dec 17, 2009, 13:33 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft's commitments on interoperability are unilateral, but you can sue them if you can afford to, and the Commission says it will be watching how they do while they continue to consider the remaining complaints about standards. Here's the EU Commission press release and Microsoft's statement, along with links to all the documents. Here's the new one about patents and open source. In Microsoft's proprietary .doc format. Here's the ECIS statement, ECIS standing for European Committee for Interoperable Systems. And Bloomberg's report on the deal, which mentions the three remaining complaints:

" "Big chunks of the Microsoft problem have been solved," said Maurits Dolmans, a lawyer for ECIS from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

" Dolmans said there are three other complaints against Microsoft. ECIS has complained that Microsoft changes standards on its Office software so that documents made in other formats don't appear correctly.

"Indeed. You might also want to read Mozilla's reaction from Mitchell Baker and here's part of the Opera statement:

"Opera Software today announced that Web users are the winners upon the completion of the European Commission's investigation into Microsoft's browser-bundling practices. Microsoft will now offer users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 a screen presenting a choice of Web browsers. In December 2007, Opera Software urged the European Commission to investigate Microsoft's abuse of its dominant market position and the company's bundling of Internet Explorer with its Windows operating system."

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