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Mozilla call for EU intervention in browser war is troubling
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 12:44

Opinion: Mozilla has voiced support for Opera's effort to convince the European Commission to impose sanctions on Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer in Windows. But is this a necessary or even a wise move for the open source developer? We have our doubts.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated February 10, 2009 5:25

Mozilla Foundation chairperson Mitchell Baker contends that the inclusion of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser in the Windows operating system represents an ongoing threat to competition and innovation on the Internet. She supports the European Commission's investigation of Microsoft's bundling tactics and believes that remedies are needed to address Microsoft's alleged abuses. To that end, Mozilla intends to assist the commission by offering expertise about the browser market.

The European Commission (EC) issued a finding last month declaring that Microsoft has abused its dominant position as an operating system vendor by tying its web browser to the Windows platform. The commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Microsoft which outlines the basis for the accusation. Microsoft will be given the opportunity to respond in formal hearings before the EU evaluates the possibility of imposing fines or other remedies. [ARS Technica...]   [Comments...]

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