Microsoft's EU Hearing Scheduled for June

The European Union issued a preliminary Statement of Objections in January, claiming the company’s practices "undermine product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice." MS responded late in April but the details of the company’s response are not yet known.

European Commission spokesperson, Jonathan Todd told Reuters that the closed hearing will commence on June 3 and run through to June 5. "It will be an opportunity for Microsoft to state orally the arguments they outlined in their response to the statement of objections," he said.

The Commission claims that bundling IE with Windows, the most popular operating system, is anticompetitive. The charges have been criticized on some levels, given that Apple is guilty of the same actions but is not under EU scrutiny.

A couple of you suggested some pretty decent ways to resolve the situation. Among them was offering a basic version of IE that had access to Microsoft updates, the Microsoft site and a shared site paid for by all players in the browser industry, containing brief descriptions and respective download links. Another reader suggested that Microsoft install Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, (all told less than 100MB of data) and run the user through a selection wizard when they first connect to the web.

Have you got a better suggestions as to how this situation could be resolved? Leave your thoughts below.

Cheers to jeraldjunkmail and tpi2007 for the solutions offered above.

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  • tenor77
    Anyone else feel like the EU is like an unstable girlfriend? You never know what's going to set them off.
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  • tenor77
    Anyone else feel like the EU is like an unstable girlfriend? You never know what's going to set them off.
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  • JMcEntegart
    tenor77Anyone else feel like the EU is like an unstable girlfriend? You never know what's going to set them off.


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  • starryman
    tenor77Anyone else feel like the EU is like an unstable girlfriend? You never know what's going to set them off.


    I agree! If they don't like Windows then don't use it. Ultimately they are looking for a way to get leverage or advantage. If the EU wins, all Americans (whether you like MS or not), lose. As of late it's always EU vs. USA. Thought we were allies? I guess they forgot Normandy.
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