As many of you may know, nearly two years ago Opera Software urged the European Commission to begin investigating Microsoft’s browser bundling practices. We felt that by bundling Internet Explorer with its Windows operating system, Microsoft was abusing its dominant position and preventing interoperability on the Web. Today we can proudly say that a settlement has been reached; Microsoft has committed to providing a choice of browsers to its Windows users in Europe.
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users will now be presented with a “browser choice” screen. This choice screen will include a selection of better, more standards-compliant browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer. This is a definite victory for the Web community, as interoperability and compatibility on the Web are the seeds for innovation and growth. We want to thank our supporters in this case. Many people have expressed the need for a change in Microsoft’s bundling behavior, and both Mozilla and Google have joined us in this case.
I know that some of you have mixed views on our efforts to instill change within Microsoft. I want you to be aware that I have listened to all of the feedback, both positive and negative, and I have taken it very seriously. But our choice to pursue this matter was the result of our firm belief that the long-term future of the Web is in better hands as the result of this case. We have long believed that compliance with open standards is absolutely necessary for progress. Now, with the decision of the European Commission, Microsoft has been asked to open a door and help us realize the full potential of the Web. Let’s get started!
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Jon S. von Tetzchner
CEO Opera Software