Microsoft to Make Minor Changes to Ease Access to Rival Browsers

Friday April 4th, 2003

A Bloomberg article at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—owned reports that Microsoft have agreed to make it easier for Windows XP users to set their default browser and other middleware. At the request of the US Department of Justice, Microsoft will make a few minor alterations to the changes they implemented as part of their antitrust settlement last year, including moving the Set Program Access and Defaults icon to a more promient location on the Start menu and producing a tutorial that will explain how to use the feature.

The Set Program Access and Defaults Control Panel applet was introduced as part of the settlement Microsoft made with the DOJ, which was approved by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly last November. In that settlement, the software giant agreed to update Windows to make it simpler for users to select their preferred browser, mail client, media player, instant messaging application and Java virtual machine. These updates shipped with Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Windows XP Service Pack 1. Microsoft argues that these changes fully satisified the terms of the original settlement but have agreed to "go the extra mile" anyway. ProComp's Mike Pettit says the revisions "will not do a thing to meaningfully restore competition." Thanks to Adam Hauner for the link.

#5 Re: Not old news, but not good news either

by flacco

Friday April 4th, 2003 9:34 PM

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>> In Windows 98, we can just uninstall Outlook Express. In Windows XP, we can't, and we can't even delete its files manually because of Windows File Protection. The `Set Program Access and Defaults' control panel is no use to us there.

I don't know from XP, but there's an MSKB article on removing it manually from Win2K. We remove it from all our Win2K machines.