Opera says Microsoft browser offer inadequate

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Norwegian browser outfit Opera says that Microsoft’s offer to ship a European version of Windows with Internet Explorer taken out was not enough and is calling for copies of all web browsers to ship with the OS.

Yesterday, Microsoft bowed to EU pressure and said it would pull IE from future versions of Windows shipped to the European market, but Opera CTO Hakon Wium Lie told Reuters:

“We are very disappointed. I don’t think what Microsoft announced is going to restore competition. I don’t think it’s going to be enough, I don’t think it will get them off the hook.”

Lie said he believed that Microsoft’s offer would have no impact on Internet Explorer’s dominant role and that Microsoft’s ranking in the browser market would be unaffected unless Windows shipped with ‘several’ browsers bundled, rather than none at all. 

See also:
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