Microsoft is at it again. After some past issues with anticompetitive conducts, Microsoft Corporation is stirring complaints from browsing software competitors who declare that the future Windows 7 is implementing it’s Internet Explorer so that it will work far better, and in some cases be compulsory, than alien software.
The Financial Times report that “the new system gives unfair advantage to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser”.
For those of you who are not up to date, Windows 7 (formerly codenamed Blackcomb and Vienna) is the new operating system from Microsoft, it’s beta version have been both released and leaked on the web. It is still up-coming, the actual release date was not announced. Most sources cite the initial statement of Microsoft Corp, that it will take 3 years starting with 2007 to develop and launch Windows 7, however no official date is yet announced. Windows 7 will be created for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs, netbooks and media center PCs. Unlike its predecessor, Windows 7 is intended to be an incremental upgrade to the Windows line, with the goal of being compatible with applications and hardware with which Windows Vista is already compatible. Presentations given by the company in 2008 have focused on multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup, and performance improvements.
In the Financial Times, chairperson of Mozilla and main developer of the highly popular open-source Firefox browser, stated “”Our initial review suggests this is a blatant use of the Windows operating system to change the market dynamics of browser usage”. It seems that no Microsoft representatives responded officially at the time being. Opera, another common Internet browser hailing from Norway, also joined in on this accusations on the future Windows 7.
The biggest problem Microsoft has however is responding to European Union antitrust regulators, the hearing taking place next month. The major concern of the EU antitrust officials is precisely what we discussed above: making Internet Explorer included and locked in the operating system, as well as designed features to work better with it than independent software later installed by the user.
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