Google Attacks Microsoft's Browser Monopoly

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Oh the irony. Google wants to join the European Union's antitrust case against Microsoft, all while at home Obama's antitrust chief wants to nail them to a sign that says "Don't be evil."

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According to Google's Sundar Pichai, vice president for product management:

Google believes that the browser market is still largely uncompetitive, which holds back innovation for users. This is because Internet Explorer is tied to Microsoft's dominant computer operating system, giving it an unfair advantage over other browsers.

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I bet the Firefox and Apple browser teams, currently with 21.5 and 8.3 percent of the market, don't give this a lot of thinking. Does Google-with only 1 percent of the market-think that Microsoft should not include Internet Explorer in their operating system? Maybe they want them to include Chrome as well? Should Google include MSN Search and Yahoo in their Android cellphones too? [NYT-illustration by EricWdesigns]

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Google should sue all of these companies that restrict users from installing their browsers of choice on work computers. After all, it's no doubt that a great percentage of the people who use IE are using them on work systems, which are often barred from being loaded with anything not approved by the administrator, so are stuck with using whatever stock applications Windows is bundled with.

It's quite the conundrum. How do you restrict a maker of an operating system from installing their own browser, when a user would need the browser in order to choose something else? People are dumb.

The Onion's motto is right.

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