Microsoft could be ordered to remove Windows Media Player from Windows in Europe

“In the fall of 2002, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates stood on stage at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater, home to the Academy Awards, and pronounced this ‘the digital decade,'” Allison Linn writes for The Associated Press.

[MacDailyNews Note: Steve Jobs described the “Digital Hub,” with the personal computer at the center of digital devices in January 2001. Gates is hardly a visionary.]

“By 2010, Gates told an audience that included director James Cameron and musician LL Cool J, everything from paying bills to seeing movies ‘will be done on a digital basis, and the PC with its magic software will play the central role.’ He then proceeded to unveil what Microsoft considers a key part of that vision: a half-billion dollar upgrade to the Windows Media Player for music, movies and other digital content,” Linn writes.

“Eighteen months later, Gates’ endeavor could be facing a big roadblock,” Linn writes. “If Microsoft cannot settle an antitrust case brought by European Union regulators, the company may be ordered to remove Windows Media Player as an integrated feature of the dominant Windows operating system, at least for personal computers sold in Europe. The European Commission also could order Microsoft to include rival media players with Windows to make those products as easy for users to access as Microsoft’s own music and video player.”

Linn writes, “Microsoft argues that extracting the media player would be technologically difficult since the programming code is intertwined with the operating system and cannot simply be plucked out without harming Windows’ performance. Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said that including rival players would be complicated and might create security problems.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What a load, as usual, from Microsoft. Substitue Internet Explorer for WMP in MS’s idiotic arguments above and you get the idea. Here’s hoping they get their collective arse handed to them this time. Do people still believe their ridiculous statements?


  1. The greatest security risk is posed by the Windoze operating system. If they could just take that off the machines almost all of their security problems would be solved. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Well Real is spyware. MouseSoftware can move to QuickTime.
    Bush is idiot. Then again who uses Microsoft anymore? I have already agreed to host a BBQ party with one Apple reseller when Shorthorn arrives. Bigger BBQ party we have when Longhorn arrives. It is important to have those BBQ parties immediately when those arrives so that there will be minimum amount of worms, viruses and other stuff.

  3. Their statement does hold some validity. OS X relies on tight integration with Quicktime and iTunes for audio/video playback via finder. Not to say those things can not be removed, but Apple does not recommend it.

    But to claim there could be security risks strikes me as a bit odd. I mean, when’s the last time MS software eliminated risk to begin with?

    Oh well.

    Ugh, did I just stick up for MS?

  4. Their “side” of the issue sounds like the same lame case that lost in the courts but got shunted aside in the midst of the post election carnival. Given the Europeans general attitude toward America these days, they may not be able to buy their way out of this one.

  5. “So be you sentence formulashun.”

    Come on, Rageous, not fair, unless of course your Suomi is perfect ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Oh. That. Well Bush was in television when I wrote that. I think that it was Freudian thing. I had to write it quickly. English is not my first language. It is my fifth. I’ve studied it for 1 year. I read it better than write it and I often forget to use speeling chicker.

  7. Come on, does Dresler realize that to innovate requires you to work on solving problems. The fact that Microsoft can’t ship a stable OS that isn’t prone to viruses and vulnerablities may also be the reason they can’t strip the media player. Microsoft no matter how hard they claim they do, can’t innovate. It is a bug inherrent in the minds of the people at Microsoft.

  8. Could somebody actually point one thing that is clearly innovation from Micro$oft?? I can’t remember any. The only innovation that I can come up to is a security hole. There must be something more. Help!

  9. Bad argument from Microsoft.

    1) We put Media Player in Windows in such a way that we couldn’t remove it even if we wanted to.

    Reply: Tough…you built it, now rebuild it properly. Since when is “gee, it would be really tough to fix” and excuse for anti-trust violations?

    2) It would be a security nightmare?

    Reply: Really? How does Microsoft’s record on security compare to the competitors it would be asked to include?

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