Mozilla to join EU fight against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

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The European Commission has granted Mozilla, the owners of the second-most popular browser in the world, the right to join its case against Microsoft after the Commission charged Microsoft over distorting the market for web browsers after bundling Internet Explorer with its Windows operating system.

If the charges go all the way, Microsoft could be paying a huge fine – like it did for a previous case with Windows Media Player, another crucial part of the Windows operating system – and could see a change on how it currently distributes the most popular internet browser in the world.

This effectively means that Microsoft has to allow other internet browsers from Apple, Opera (which started the complaint) and Mozilla to put in their browsers in the operating system. However, there seems to be a contradiction – on both Mozilla’s and the Commission’s side.

In an interview with PCPro, the architect for the Mozilla browser, Mike Conner, said that he does not want Firefox bundled with Windows, and made an attack on Opera over its tactics on launching the complaint to the Commission.

“My personal view is that it’s not the right outcome,” he said to the magazine.

“Opera’s asserting something that’s provably false,” he continues, referring to the fact that Mozilla has a 20 percent share, and that is growing every month. “It’s asserting that bundling leads to market share. I don’t know how you can make the claim with a straight face.”

The European Commission, however, has no trouble in suing Microsoft in the past – and not suing rivals who bundle their own software. Apple is torturously known for bundling several products, like iTunes and its iLife suite, and its Safari browser, in its products – the same products that it makes.

Plus, Internet Explorer allows you to download the other browsers, so if you hate it – just download it via IE.

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