Your are obviously not a UK Citizen if that is how you think of the EU. The EU make some very good legislation, but at times they can be downright stupid. Human Rights Act - Awesome thank you EU, but Harmonization of Bannanas and Sausages is stupid. Opera claimed that Microsoft including IE with Windows was anti-competative. So they have now removed it, so Opera no longer have a case.
- The European Commission does not exist to make someone's "dirty work" as it was implied. There are mechanisms that analyze potential unfair situations ( dominant market position abuse is the case here ).
The EU and Opera were not making their case for the interests of users. Surely the dismal sales figures of Windows Vista N are proof that people do not want to buy EU dictated versions. Also the Market share of FireFox despite the inclusion of IE and the fact I am using FireFox is proof that Opera is wrong. The only way for Opera to compete is to make an allience with a larger company as Mozilla has, and make a product people want, and make it free!
- By taking out IE from Windows, Microsoft has not solved anything. On the contrary it has created a lot of issues for users. It will not "restore browser competition on the desktop" with this move.
And Opera's case against Microsoft is an attempt to gain free distribution and marketing for a product people don't want, at the expense of Microsoft, under the invalidated accusation of IE having Market Dominance. If FireFox can get almost half of the Internet share, without Microsoft's assitance, then this prooves that it is the product that matters not the method of distribution.
- This is nothing more than an attempt to blackmail the European Commission and influence the opinion of Windows users in the EU. I'm sure the European Commission will take the necessary measures to protect its citizens interests in due time.
Also with Internet Explorer being easy to deploy and manage for Enterprises, Organisations and Businesses it will always be the browser of choice there, and so will always have some degree of Market Share, perhaps if Opera were to work on their product and make it compelling to users, and enterprises, they may stand a chance.