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  4. <title>FSFE: EC's browser case settlement with Microsoft</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE welcomes greater user choice in browsers, warns that Free
  8. Software is excluded from interoperability</h1>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">Free Software Foundation Europe congratulates the European Commission
  10. on pushing Microsoft to give users greater choice between different
  11. browsers. "The selection screen will make users aware that they can
  12. make their own choices," says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "We
  13. are glad that FSFE has helped the Commission to put limits to
  14. Microsoft's desktop monopoly."</p>
  15. <p>
  16. The Commission announced today that it has settled its antitrust case
  17. against Microsoft regarding web browsers. FSFE participated in the
  18. case as an interested third party. "Microsoft has abused its dominant
  19. market position to push out competitors by tying its own browser to
  20. the Windows operating system," says Gerloff. "The company's continued
  21. refusal to comply with <a href="http://fsfe.org/activities/os/def.html">Open Standards</a> also means that many
  22. websites today are designed to work only with Internet Explorer,
  23. leaving users of other browsers at a disadvantage."
  24. </p>
  25. <h2>Interoperability</h2>
  26. <p>
  27. The European Commission is also investigating the way Microsoft
  28. prevents competitors from interfacing with many of its desktop
  29. productivity programs. Microsoft has offered a unilateral
  30. commitment. Yet these promises are useless for Free Software
  31. developers, since they exclude commercial use of Microsoft's
  32. interoperability information.
  33. </p>
  34. <p>
  35. Carlo Piana, FSFE's legal counsel, says: "The patent commitments are
  36. clearly insufficient, because they don't allow commercial
  37. exploitation. This keeps out competition from Free Software, which in
  38. many areas is the biggest competitor to Microsoft's programs.
  39. Instead, Microsoft will continue to threaten commercial Free Software
  40. developers and their customers with patent FUD (fear, uncertainty and
  41. doubt)."
  42. </p>
  43. <p>
  44. FSFE's President Karsten Gerloff says: "We welcome the Commission's
  45. decision to keep the interoperability investigation open while it
  46. monitors whether Microsoft's promises help to promote competition. We are
  47. confident that the Commission will take action if the commitment
  48. doesn't improve things for Free Software."
  49. </p>
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  52. <tag>Policy</tag>
  53. <tag content="European Commission">EuropeanCommission</tag>
  54. <tag>Microsoft</tag>
  55. <tag>Antitrust</tag>
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