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  4. <title>FSFE - News - FSFE supports new antitrust investigation against Microsoft</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE supports new antitrust investigation against Microsoft</h1>
  8. <p>"Microsoft should be required openly, fully and faithfully to
  9. implement free and open industry standards," is the message of a
  10. letter by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) to European
  11. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. To help achieve this goal, FSFE
  12. offered its support for a possible antitrust investigation based on
  13. the complaint of Opera Software against Microsoft. The complaint was
  14. based on anti-competitive behaviour in the web browser market.</p>
  15. <p>"Although Opera Software does not produce Free Software, we largely
  16. share their assessment and concerns regarding the present situation in
  17. the Internet browser market", FSFE president Georg Greve writes in the
  18. letter and continues: "Some of the most successful browsers in the
  19. concerned market are Free Software or contain large portions of Free
  20. Software. This includes, Mozilla Firefox and Konqueror, a browser made
  21. by KDE. Those products are highly innovative and widely recognized as
  22. more secure than the dominant application. They faithfully implement
  23. major international Open Standards relevant to browser technology."</p>
  24. <p>So what is the problem in the browser market? FSFE explains:
  25. "Precisely because they abide by industry recognized Open Standards
  26. and cannot implement the undisclosed and non-compliant 'Microsoft
  27. dialects' of these standards, they often appear limited when compared
  28. with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer which establishes itself as the
  29. closed, de facto standard due to Internet Explorer’s dominant
  30. position. Moreover, these web browsers cannot be hardwired into the
  31. dominant Windows Operating System as is the case with Internet
  32. Explorer."</p>
  33. <p>"For these reasons," Georg Greve concludes "we strongly support
  34. enforcement actions that counter Microsoft’s strategy of 'embracing,
  35. extending and extinguishing' multilateral Open Standards - a strategy
  36. Microsoft already employed successfully in the Work Group Server
  37. market addressed in the 2004 Decision. Default standards compliance by
  38. Microsoft is of great importance to FSFE, as we are witnessing many
  39. similar attempts by Microsoft in other markets to undermine public and
  40. international standards that enable interoperability".</p>
  41. <p>You can read the entire letter at<br />
  42. <br />
  43. <a href=""
  44. title="Letter by the FSFE to European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes"
  45. ></a></p>
  46. <p>About the Free Software Foundation Europe:</p>
  47. <p class="aboutfsfe">The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  48. non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  49. involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  50. participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
  51. the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
  52. Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
  53. furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
  54. modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
  55. issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
  56. people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central
  57. issues of the FSFE.<br />
  58. <br />
  60. <p>Contact:</p>
  61. <address>
  62. You can reach the FSFE switchboard from:<br />
  63. Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57<br />
  64. Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73<br />
  65. Sweden: +46 31 7802160<br />
  66. Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66<br />
  67. UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7
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