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December 14, 2006

French consumer group to sue over Windows bundling

Posted by David Hunter at 11:32 AM ET.

It’s not an antitrust suit against Microsoft, but Frances’s UFC-Que Choisir has a similar bee in their bonnet:

France’s leading consumer watchdog said on Thursday it would take U.S. computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. and two retailers to court to unbundle software from personal computers sold in their stores.

UFC-Que Choisir legal officer Sandra Wouhling said current practice effectively forced ordinary consumers to buy computers using Microsoft operating systems whereas companies and administrations were offered a real choice.

I’m sure that even in France there are sources of “clean machines” for those that want them, so I wonder at the rationale for making all vendors offer them.

Filed under Antitrust, Coopetition, HP, Legal, Microsoft

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