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Think-tank wants Windows unbundled

by on24 September 2007


No to OEMs


The EU should ban Microsoft from bundling its Operating System with computers in OEM arrangements, according to a lobby group.

The Globalisation Group has written a report to the EU which sais that the bundling of Microsoft Windows with computers is not in the public interest, and prevents meaningful competition in the operating system market.

The report says that operating systems are not a natural monopoly, requiring just one supplier.It says in a competitive market, there would be a broad compatibility between different supplier’s products.

Competition would encourage open standards and interoperability as vendors would, for competitive reasons, want their products to interact with other vendors’ products,” the submission says.

The paper says that European Commission should require all desktop and laptop computers sold within the EU to be sold without operating systems.

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