Open Ballot: Do Microsoft understand irony?
Microsoft (along with Nokia, Oracle and a host of other
outdated tech companies) have lodged a complaint with the European Commission saying that Google is unfairly abusing its dominant market position: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22078746.
This from the company that was recently fined for ignoring one of the commission's rulings on almost exactly the same matter: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21684329. Not only that, but a company that locks down its own mobile operating system so much, you can't change the default web browser (and other first-tier web browsers won't run). Our question to you, dear readers, is do you think Microsoft understands the irony of the situation?
Of course, we have a follow up question. Android isn't perfect, but it is the most open it is the most open popular mobile OS by a significant margin. Several manufacturers create their own versions of it from the source code, and users are free to install software from any source they wish. Compared with the competition, it's a beacon of customer choice. On the other hand, most users and manufacturers go with the defaults which channel users into Google's online services, and therefore into Google's advertising machine. Given that it has around 70% market share in Europe, Microsoft if contending that this is abusive.
So, is Google abusing its dominant market position? If so, what should it do differently?
Can a free operating system made by an advertising company be expected to not channel users to the advertising companies services?
Should Microsoft shut up until its own mobile OS is as open as Android?
Does none of this matter because Ubuntu Phone / Tizen / Sailfish / KDE Plasma Active (delete as appropriate) is about to blow them all out of the water?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments and we'll read them out on the podcast. (note: updated in response to comments on web browser)