Disappointing: Mozilla Siding With Bogus EU Antitrust Action Against Microsoft
from the just-go-out-and-compete dept
Last month, it seemed silly that EU regulators were pursuing Microsoft for antitrust violations in the browser market for bundling IE. It was clear that some of the initial complaints had come from Opera — an also-ran in the browser market. However, it seemed silly because there is vibrant and growing competition in the marketplace. Firefox has continued to grow its market share, and in the past few years we’ve seen new entrants in the browser market from Apple and Google — both of whom have established small, but significant footholds.
So, it’s especially disappointing to read that the Mozilla Foundation appears to be siding with the regulators, complaining about Microsoft’s actions. Obviously, Mozilla is competing with Microsoft in this space, so at a first pass it may seem in their best interests to lobby the EU to punish Microsoft. But it’s disingenuous to say the least. Mozilla got where it did because it competed effectively. It built a better, more secure browser that many people made the choice to support over IE. In fact, Firefox’s chief architect, apparently unaware of what his “bosses” were cooking up, seems to have recently contradicted the Mozilla Foundation’s new position, where he admitted that he couldn’t see how anyone with a straight face could claim that Microsoft’s ability to bundle created a monopoly, noting that Firefox’s success in growing marketshare showed that making yourself “demonstrably better” worked. Oops.