Opera CEO: the era of the browser bundled with the past


December 17 News, Opera Software today announced that Microsoft's "browser bound case," the dust settles, Microsoft finally to the European Union to compromise. Within Europe, Microsoft will include Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, including product selection to provide a browser screen, allowing consumers to choose to install the preferred browser.

Two years ago, in December 2007, Opera Software has urged the European Commission to investigate Microsoft abused its dominant market position, and its IE browser bundled in the Windows operating system behavior.

The new "Select screen" mode, so users can easily choose to install a browser other than IE, which is often safer, faster and supports higher network standards. So that consumers can be installed at the beginning you can choose the browser, which means that improve the network compatibility and equal access to Web content opens the door.

"This is about the future of the victory of the network. This decision is also a celebration of open Internet standards, because they all share the guiding principle is an essential element of innovation networks," Opera Software Global CEO Mr. Tan Yongwen (Jon S.von Tetzchner) said, "Opera has been a pioneer in advancing the implementation of Web standards, as the standard to ensure that people can be free and equal access to the network, regardless of when and where, regardless of the use of any device access.

In our view, the European Commission the findings of the case will undoubtedly once again proved the right of our mission. "

Opera received complaints since 2007 and until now, serious and persistent investigation, the European Commission finally accepted the proposal to set up Microsoft's browser, choose to install screen commitments. At this point, the survey concluded. The browser option agreement is five years of aging, including the semi-annual assessment of the effectiveness. At present, the optional browser-effective only for users in Europe.

"Some companies bundle of consumer adoption of low-standard products had to use the time has gone," Opera Software's Global Chief Technology Officer HÃ¥kon Wium Lie said, "choose to install the browser screen gives users freedom of choice right, people are free to choose those with more support for Web standards, and better browser. "

EU investigation timetable for Microsoft Monopoly Case

December 17, 2007-Opera filed an antitrust complaint to the European Commission to require Microsoft to provide consumers with the support network a standard browser. A two-year investigation started laptop battery.

January 17, 2009 - The European Commission alleging that Microsoft illegally bundled in the IE browser, Windows operating system.

February 9, 2009 - The European Commission to allow Mozilla Foundation (Firefox browser developers) to join the anti-monopoly case against Microsoft.

February 25, 2009 - Google announced its accession to the European Commission about Microsoft's antitrust complaints against the case.

April 28, 2009 - Microsoft released for the European Commission antitrust investigation of the official statement. Microsoft also promised Windows7 will be more standardized and provides IE off the toggle switch.

June 12, 2009 - Microsoft's commitment to adjust for the browser, rejected by the European Commission. Opera on the evaluation of Microsoft's action is "too little, too late." Opera support the Committee recommended that pre-installed browser, select screen, or to allow OEM manufacturers laptop battery choose to install non-IE browsers.

July 24, 2009 - Microsoft has agreed to install the browser options screen proposal.

October 7, 2009 - Microsoft in the European market began testing a new browser installation options screen.

Today - the completion of the European Commission to investigate the case, consumers in the Windows operating system, using standard browser options.

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