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  6. Microsoft antitrust case: FSFE offers analysis to European Commission
  7. </title>
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  10. <h1>Microsoft antitrust case: FSFE offers analysis to European Commission</h1>
  11. <p>
  12. The European Commission is on the verge of settling two antitrust
  13. cases against Microsoft. The details of this settlement will determine
  14. how much competition there can be in Europe's software market for
  15. years to come.
  16. </p>
  17. <p>
  18. The Free Software Foundation Europe has analysed the most important
  19. elements that a settlement should contain to allow real competition in
  20. the European software market. It has summarised those key points in a
  21. letter sent to Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes:
  22. </p>
  23. <ul>
  24. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20091005-01.html">Open letter to Commissioner Kroes</a></li>
  25. </ul>
  26. <p>
  27. Kroes is looking at Microsoft's practice of tying its Internet
  28. Explorer browser to its Windows operating systems, excluding rival
  29. browser makers. She is also trying to persuade Microsoft to release
  30. enough information so that competitors can make their desktop software
  31. work with the company's dominant operating system. This is something
  32. that Microsoft has refused to do in the past.
  33. </p>
  34. <p>
  35. FSFE believes that a settlement on the browser case needs to put rival
  36. browsers on an equal footing with Microsoft's Internet Explorer by
  37. pre-installing them. Fast-growing browsers need to be included in an
  38. unbiased selection screen.
  39. </p>
  40. <p>
  41. For desktop applications, FSFE argues that the software monopolist
  42. must release interoperability information in such a way that it can be
  43. used in Free Software. The company must also make a binding commitment
  44. not to enforce its patents against Free Software. That would prevent
  45. Microsoft from using Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) to keep rivals
  46. from making use of the information.
  47. </p>
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  51. <tag key="european-commission">European Commission</tag>
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  53. <tag key="antitrust"/>
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