Saturday, June 25, 2005

If you make it they will buy it....

...Or not.

Source:"PC makers and distributors are holding back from buying the new alternative version of Windows XP that Europe's competition commissioner ordered Microsoft Corp. to offer as part of the punishment in the software maker's long antitrust battle with the European Union. Windows XP N was released to distributors last week in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and will be available to the public in the next few weeks. Versions in 10 additional languages will be released in July. The world's largest software maker had to change its Windows operating system after EU antitrust regulators ruled last year that it abusively wielded its Windows monopoly and locked out competitors. Microsoft was fined a record euro497 million ($608 million)."

Microsoft got fined, had to develop brand new software, sell that software, and now no one wants to buy it. Next thing, Europe is going to make Microsoft remove Internet explorer from XP. Which to get IE you will have to download it from Microsoft.



Sojourner said...

If I had to download IE to use it I probably wouldn't bother.

Cubicle said...

Ahh I think I may have not stated my point clearly. my point was that you cannot download Internet explorer if you cannot conntect to the internet. Which would be somthing that the simple buercarut might miss, in his zealous perscuration of Microsoft.

I just think it is funny that the EU tried to tell microsoft what it's market was and has therefore cost microsoft millions of dollars, in fines and lost development time, and the EU still did not guess the market right at all.

Vestigial Fish said...

The truly amusing thing is that there is not an operating system/GUI that doesn't bundle those pieces of software Microsoft was specifically told to remove.

KDE has Konqueror, OSX has Safari, Gnome has Galeon (and others). Media players are just as bad.

If I were a PC manufacturer, I wouldn't buy that crap either. It's not any cheaper, and no one who cares enough about "fair play" will want it anyway because they're using Linux/BSD/Whatever already.