Friday, October 24, 2003


Microsoft Music Feature Questioned  

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The Shop for Music Online feature of Microsoft's Window's XP, which involves online music purchasing, may violate Microsoft's antitrust settlement. "Plaintiffs are concerned that the feature invokes Microsoft's Internet Explorer, rather than the user's chosen default browser, in a manner that may be inconsistent" with the settlement," a court filing said, CNET News.com reported.

The court-mandated compliance update said there are ongoing discussions over the Shop for Music Online feature in the operating system, but the issue remains unresolved. It may come up at scheduled status meeting on Friday. "We believe that the use of Internet Explorer by the Shop for Music Online feature in Windows XP is consistent with the design rules established in the consent decree," Microsoft spokeswoman Stacy Drake told CNET News. Shop for Music Online is located inside the Windows "My Music" folder, which is contained in Windows XP.

Yeah, I know this is old news at this point, but it suddenly hit me that I wanted to add a small coment to the story: Who cares??? I mean it! When was the last time you or anyone you know actually clicked that link and used Microsoft's chosen site to buy music? Give up? Yeah. So, why don't the rest of the people follow YOUR lead?

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