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IN IT’S ONGOING BATTLE with Microsoft, the European Commission is investigating the possibility that the Vole has sneakily sabotaged the Media Player-free versions of Windows it is obliged to ship to the EU.
The Commission decided last year that Microsoft was abusing its monopoly position by including its Media Player software in its Windows XP 'operating system'.
It told the software maker to ship a stripped-down version of Windows XP to countries in the European Union and slapped a mighty fine on the monopolist.
Microsoft is still appealing against the decision but has begun shipping Media Player-free versions of XP to the EU, as instructed.
A report in today’s Wall Street Journal suggests Microsoft has fiddled with the registry in its stripped-down Windows offerings and the result is that video clips embedded into Microsoft Word documents don’t run properly, for example.
What part of that is sneaky?
If MS removed Media Player from the system, then it makes total sense that media clips won't work.
You can't have it both ways, either you want the Media Player functionality there, or you don't. Make up your fscking minds...