Google plays role as tattletale

Wed 25 February 2009 17:05, Bas van den Beld

Google plays role as tattletale

It's something you see with children in schools: when a teacher wants to find out which of the kids was the one who pulled a stunt there's always one who will rattle. IN the case of the EU against Microsoft Google suddenly appeared and started playing the role of the tattletale.

The EU is currently investigating the dominance of Internet Explorer. It feels the browser should not be automatically be installed on new computers. Google yesterday announced it was "applying to become a third party in the European Commission's proceeding".

The investigation originally started when Opera urged at the European Commission to start an investigation into the dominance of Internet Explorer and the 'unfair advantage' Microsoft has because of the installation of the browser on new desktops.

Google gives three reasons why it wants to be part of the discussion:

1. They feel browsers are important for user experience and online innovation
2. Google feels the browser market is still largely uncompetitive.
3. They feel they can contribute because they have 'learned from launching Chrome'.

The fourth reason they don't mention. Without a doubt that reason is to give a push to the market share of their own browser, Chrome, by trying to get the 'other' browser, Internet Explorer, 'out of the way'.

Google is not the first one to be 'rattling' Microsoft. As said Opera was the first one to complain, while Firefox offered to help the European Commission last year. However the interferance by Google does seem a little childish.


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  • the cynic in me links this to the recent @fantomaster post

    lets get more people using it so we can gather more data on people? Trust us, were Google! :)

    am i being too cynical Bas?

    Wo 25 feb 2009, 17:28

  • You're a bit cynic Louis, yes, but with a reason :).

    I really must say the 'do no evil' doesn't apply to this one though...

    Wo 25 feb 2009, 21:57


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