Opera Software has filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft in the European Union, accusing it of stifling competition by tying its Internet Explorer Web browser to Windows, the Norwegian company said Thursday.
The complaint, which was filed with the European Commission on Wednesday, says Microsoft is abusing its dominant position in the desktop PC market by offering only Internet Explorer as a standard part of Windows, and hindering interoperability by not following accepted standards with IE.
Opera Files Antitrust Suit Against Microsoft
Posted 13 December 2007 - 12:37 PM
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 01:26 PM
I don't see this as one company willing to stand up against a monopoly. I see this as a short kid complaining to a coach because a taller kid gets to play more on a basketball court.
Windows is Microsoft software, so is IE, if they want to package them together, thats their right, its their software. Just like we have the right not to buy it if we so choose.
MS does not make it impossible to install Opera beside IE, it doesn't auto-recognize Opera ads and block them. Its fair so long as MS doesn't do anything to keep Opera from installing or advertising.
My car comes with a radio already installed. Can I sue Chevy because I would rather have a Clarion radio? No, I go out and install the radio I want. Its called free will.
Don't complain because someone has an advantage over you, do something to make yourself stand out and get noticed. Firefox did it, why cant Opera?
To be honest, this makes me dislike Opera even more than I did before.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 01:37 PM
As ScHwErV said, Opera is a nice browser, but they haven't introduced a compelling reason for people to switch.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 01:56 PM
I don't agree with you on Opera not standing out. Opera is just about the most innovative browser out there. Opera natively sports an RSS Feed Manager, Chat and Email client, BitTorrent Support, Mouse Gestures, Voice Control, Speed Dial, and others. It is also one of the most highly customizable browsers available.
Here's a list of some Opera Firsts:
1994 - Tabbed browsing and RAM page caching
1996 - Zoom and Sessions
1998 - Bookmark "nicknames" and user-defined CSS
2000 - Clear private data, mouse gestures, integrated search, and popup blocker
2002 - Small screen rendering
2003 - Fast Forward and Spatial Navigation
2006 - BitTorrent support and Widgets
2007 - Speed Dial
Don't hate the short kid, it's not nice.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 01:56 PM
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 02:13 PM
First load is much faster than FireFox or Opera. It's more secure.
I see no compelling reason people should stay with Internet Explorer...
IE7 is not standards compliant, but it's getting there. Microsoft has seen the light, and IE8 will continue to improve. Ever try coding a page for the iPhone? It's like IE4 all over again. Yet, I doubt there will be much outcry.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 02:30 PM
Opera may have some advances that they did first, but most of them, the general public could care less about. Many of them, while they may be new to browsers, are old ideas and most people who would use them have their own favorites already, so why switch to Opera?
Example. RSS readers were around long before Opera integrated an RSS feeder into their browser. Same with chat clients, email clients and torrents.
One program that does everything is not always the best solution. To most people, its more confusing that way.
Its not that they haven't made advances, its that they haven't made new advancements that really change the browsing experience for the normal user. Sure its the first browser to do something, but who cares when there are already 500 free programs that do that and have been doing that for a long time?
Opera missed the boat and the rush because they had the ad-supported version and the paid version when Firefox was free. Because FF was always free, more people opted for it, it has more support and a larger community, and because of all that, Opera is seen as a FF/NS knockoff.
Now that they are finally free, they need to do something that the general public will notice and they have to do it better than everyone else. Right now, they don't.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 02:31 PM
This is true on a Mac.
First load is much faster than FireFox or Opera.
Browser speed comparisons (Windows)
Isn't saying the most popular web browser is the most secure a contradiction? I believe Windows is more popular than Linux, but I know you can run Linux without an antivirus program. Why is that? Because not many people write viruses for Linux. The same is true with Opera.
It's more secure.
If we go by Secunia's advisories, IE7 has seven unpatched vulnerabilities, Firefox has five unpatched vulnerabilities, and Opera has zero unpatched vulnerabilities.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 02:56 PM
I was thinking more of FireFox when typing my reply. On my system FireFox loads noticebly slower than IE7, and it's track record lately regarding security is not good. However, I don't put much weight in Secunia's unpatched vulnerabilites.
I don't think anyone will argue that Opera is not a nice browser. Two of the people here that I respect the most are Opera users, and big fans of it. IE7 is bundled with Windows. FireFox was the first free alternative with great community support. Outside of geeks like ourselves, Opera has yet to carve out a niche for itself. Suing Microsoft isn't going to do it. They'd be better served putting their energies to better use.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 03:01 PM
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