Communication Design

Microsoft fined $731M in EU for forcing people to use Internet Explorer | VentureBeat

The game has to remain fair for everyone.

The EU said Microsoft failed to live up to a commitment it made in 2009 to give European consumers a choice in what browser they wanted to use. Microsoft eventually developed a “browser choice screen” so people could choose between using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Opera. But a “technical error” on Microsoft’s part prevented that screen from being part of Windows 7′s Service Pack 1 and therefore users were still defaulted to Internet Explorer.

And here is EU’s original letter.

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Bug #1 for Ubuntu: Microsoft market share

Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace. This is a bug which Ubuntu and other projects are meant to fix. As the philosophy of the Ubuntu Project states, “Our work is driven by a belief that software should be free and accessible to all.”

via Ubuntu development platform.

very hard to comment on other than highlighting the dead-cold realistic approach, and solid principles dedicated to free software.