EU: Microsoft 'shields' IE from competition
January 18, 2009 (Computerworld) The European Union's antitrust agency on Saturday confirmed that it has charged Microsoft with breaking the law, saying that the company "shields" Internet Explorer (IE) from "head-to-head competition" by bundling its browser with Windows.
The CEO of Opera Software, the Norwegian browser maker whose December 2007 complaint sparked the EU's investigation, welcomed the move. "This is extremely important," Jon von Tetzchner said in an interview late Friday. "It's important that people have a choice of browsers. It's important that we don't have one company dominating the browser market."
In a statement issued Saturday by EU spokesman Jonathan Todd, the Competition Commission acknowledged that it delivered a Statement of Objections to Microsoft last Thursday, a day before Microsoft announced that it faced new antitrust charges.