“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?