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  5. <title>FSFE - News - FSFE supports new antitrust investigation against Microsoft</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE supports new antitrust investigation against Microsoft</h1>
  9. <p>"Microsoft should be required openly, fully and faithfully to
  10. implement free and open industry standards," is the message of a
  11. letter by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) to European
  12. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. To help achieve this goal, FSFE
  13. offered its support for a possible antitrust investigation based on
  14. the complaint of Opera Software against Microsoft. The complaint was
  15. based on anti-competitive behaviour in the web browser market.</p>
  16. <p>"Although Opera Software does not produce Free Software, we largely
  17. share their assessment and concerns regarding the present situation in
  18. the Internet browser market", FSFE president Georg Greve writes in the
  19. letter and continues: "Some of the most successful browsers in the
  20. concerned market are Free Software or contain large portions of Free
  21. Software. This includes, Mozilla Firefox and Konqueror, a browser made
  22. by KDE. Those products are highly innovative and widely recognized as
  23. more secure than the dominant application. They faithfully implement
  24. major international Open Standards relevant to browser technology."</p>
  25. <p>So what is the problem in the browser market? FSFE explains:
  26. "Precisely because they abide by industry recognized Open Standards
  27. and cannot implement the undisclosed and non-compliant 'Microsoft
  28. dialects' of these standards, they often appear limited when compared
  29. with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer which establishes itself as the
  30. closed, de facto standard due to Internet Explorer’s dominant
  31. position. Moreover, these web browsers cannot be hardwired into the
  32. dominant Windows Operating System as is the case with Internet
  33. Explorer."</p>
  34. <p>"For these reasons," Georg Greve concludes "we strongly support
  35. enforcement actions that counter Microsoft’s strategy of 'embracing,
  36. extending and extinguishing' multilateral Open Standards - a strategy
  37. Microsoft already employed successfully in the Work Group Server
  38. market addressed in the 2004 Decision. Default standards compliance by
  39. Microsoft is of great importance to FSFE, as we are witnessing many
  40. similar attempts by Microsoft in other markets to undermine public and
  41. international standards that enable interoperability".</p>
  42. <p>You can read the entire letter at<br />
  43. <br />
  44. <a href="/news/2007/20071219-opera-antitrust.pdf"
  45. title="Letter by the FSFE to European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes"
  46. ></a></p>
  47. <p>About the Free Software Foundation Europe:</p>
  48. <p class="aboutfsfe">The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  49. non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  50. involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  51. participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
  52. the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
  53. Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
  54. furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
  55. modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
  56. issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
  57. people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central
  58. issues of the FSFE.</p>
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