EU idiocy about Microsoft continues

The European Commission is at it again:
In its statement on Friday the Commission said: "Microsoft's tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice."

Microsoft that it was studying the commission's preliminary finding, and did not rule out requesting a formal hearing.

It has been given eight weeks to reply.
Imagine you enter a restaurant, and you order soup. They bring you the soup in a bowl, but they give you no plate and no spoon. When you ask about the plate and the spoon, they respond that the European Commission requires that they don't provide you with any. You have to bring your own plate and spoon, so that they will not be seen as stifling industry innovation and limiting your choice in the matter.

Or, perhaps, the European Commission should require restaurants to carry a variety of plates and spoons produced by various manufacturers, and the customer would have to choose which plates and spoons to use.

That would make a lot of sense and would diversify customer choice, now, wouldn't it?


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