Did Microsoft Pay $12.75 Million To Opera To Settle Interoperability Problems?

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Back in 2001, there was a big stink when people realized that anyone visiting MSN with an Opera browser were told that they needed to “upgrade” their browser to IE in order to view the page. People immediately (and perhaps rightfully so) started accusing Microsoft of unfairly leveraging their monopoly power to shut out a perfectly reasonable (and more standards compliant) Opera browser. Last week, Opera put out a short press release saying that they had received $12.75 million to settle a problem, but didn’t indicate from whom. Now, people are starting to say that it was Microsoft, paying off Opera to avoid a lawsuit on the issue – which, to this day, they insist was simply a programming error, and not an attempt to get Opera users to switch to IE.

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