I'm sick and tired of all this anti-competitive nonsense.
Microsoft have created the operating system.
They have practically given away the tools for creating applications.
>GNU/Linux, BSD et al. *actually* give away the tools.
Now, instead of creating great, original pieces of software which people want ot use, we have companies creating copycat apps lacking originally, and any compelling reason for users to switch. Then these companies go whinging to the EU that it all not fair. Well, from a consumers point of view, I say WE DON'T CARE.
>I'll break it down:
>>I believe that all of the Office tools were copied/bought out from elsewhere.
>>What is the most compelling part of an MS O/S now? It is a serious question, I use OS X.
>>I think that you are stuck in a blinkered world of Open Office -- yes that does mimic. But there is a lot of open source software out there that does not mimic.
>>Any compelling reason to switch? How about not having to pay money to keep up. Word '97 was fine for me when I had a PC. I'd still be comfortable using it.
>>The fact the MS paid companies to vote for them seems a bit odd and counter to my idea of fair and transparent.
>>If you live in the EU, then YOU don't care. Please contact your MEP.
A modern operating system isn't just about moving files from one place to another anymore. It's about web browsing, viewing your photos, watching DVD and other encoded video and audio. All that should be available out of the box.
>Yeah, this is a difficult one to pin down, we'll let it slide.
Do Microsoft whinge that they can't bundle IE7 with MacOSX?
>Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Look there is a lot of history of Apple needing MS back in the dark days. They needed MS for a browser, Netscape was pants (yes I did use Macs back then). Your point is way off. But see the bit for the next point.
No! They wisely decided to pull out of IE Mac development.
>FireFox, WebKit, Opera. It was a bit silly for them to pull out though. Mac IE had the best CSS support back in the day. But with OS X, porting to the new platform was a bit tough. Office for Mac took ages to port over -- but that makes money, IE did not.
Does anyone for that matter complain that a Mac user can view DVD's, browse photos using a half decent photo application, or listen to music on iTunes? No, because it's expected on a modern PC.
>No. But since Apple are the only OEM, they can get away it.
Should windows be bundled with IE, Windows Media player, Windows Live Phot Gallery - without the EU trying to stop them? Yes, it should, and if you don't like it, go create your own OS with your own rules and stop causing problems for the consumer.
>They should be allowed, but an OEM should not be punished by MS if they make a deal with a competitor to put something else on the machine. That was the whole point of the antitrust case.
Maybe you should calm down a bit. The EU is helpful overall. Yes, there are more important cases for competition -- the mobile sector is one.
The sad thing is that the relevance of MS has faded now. They have not made any compelling product for a long time.