Microsoft and the Browser War in the EU

February 25, 2009

Today a Microsoft business client of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans remarked on the apparent rebirth of the Internet browser war. In an effort to stifle Microsoft’s growth of its Internet Explorer in the EU, Google is seeking an active role in the EU’s investigation of Microsoft’s alleged unfair dominance in the market for Internet browsers.

We’ve reported in the past on the business strategy of competitors using government anti-trust regulators to impede the progress of market leaders with claims anticompetitive practices. Microsoft used the same anticompetitive strategy to derail Google’s attempt to purchase Yahoo in 2008.

Now, Google is attempting to use a similar strategy with allegations of an unfair advantage relating to Internet Explorer’s tight bundling with the Windows operating system. Internet Explorer is included in over 80% of the world’s PCs. The latest EU investigation is similar to the 2004 investigation when Microsoft lost an EU anti-trust case and was forced sell a version of Windows without its Media Player software. Microsoft was additionally assessed a $441 million fine.

According to Internet statistics compiled in January, 2009, Internet Explorer has a 68% share of the browser market. This compares with a 22% market share for the Mozilla Firefox, 8.3% market share for the Apple Safari, 1.1% share for the Google Chrome, and 0.7% share for the Norwegian Opera. The latest Microsoft investigation is simply another attempt to stifle Microsoft’s market dominance by other market competitors, using the resources of the EU. Any Business Strategy student recognizes this common ploy as a cost-effective effort to threaten market leaders in competitive industries.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service

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2 Responses to “Microsoft and the Browser War in the EU”

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