Windows enthusiasts launch 'Boycott Opera' campaign

Windows enthusiasts launch 'Boycott Opera' campaign

Summary: The JCXP.Net Windows enthusiast site has launched a "Boycott Opera" campaign aimed at users who are unhappy over Opera's antitrust suit against Microsoft.

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The JCXP.Net Windows enthusiast site has launched a "Boycott Opera" campaign aimed at users who are unhappy over Opera's antitrust suit against Microsoft.

It was Opera's 2007 antitrust complaint that mushroomed into the current antitrust case in the European Union over Microsoft's browser-bundling policies.

JCXP announced its boycott campaign on June 12. In a blog post, JCXP Managing Editor David Taraso announced the proposed boycott, attributing it to Opera's decision to sue Microsoft for antitrust. He said:

"Today, we are proposing a complete boycott of all Opera software.

"This is absolutely nothing more than a company, who can't legitimately gain market share, trying to squeeze their unpopular browser onto Windows systems.Opera is simply upset because their browser is dead last in market share, and has already been surpassed by the recently released Google Chrome browser and Apple's Safari browser for Windows."

In a second post, on June 14, Taraso spelled out more directly the reasons he is pushing the boycott:

"I would like to make one thing clear though. I don't hate Opera and I don't hate their browser (Opera 9 was my main browser for most of 2008). Opera has introduced many fantastic innovations to the browser market over the years, and I applaud them for that. But I don't agree with what they are trying to do here. I definitely agree that Opera should have a larger market share, but not by forcing Microsoft to advertise their product in Windows."

Last week, word was circulating that the European Commission was considering as one remedy in the case the inclusion by PC makers of a "ballot screen" that would require users to choose a browser for their Windows PCs at startup. Microsoft, trying to head off the ballot-screen remedy, announced last week plans to ship Windows 7 in European without Internet Explorer 8 bundled into it. Opera officials said they considered Microsoft's Windows 7 E plan to be an inadequate response to their concerns.

What's your take? Is an Opera boycott the best way for those who believe Microsoft should be allowed to integrate IE into Windows to make their views known?

Topics: Operating Systems, Browser, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Security, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • What is a "Windows Enthusiast"?

    This is something I don't understand. I've never understood how someone could get behind a for profit company like this. I could never understand how someone could get so passionate about automobile manufacturing companies either. Maybe I'm immune to marketing or something. Seriously, who has ever heard of some one behaving this way towards Wal-Mart, or Burger King, or even 3M, or GE? What is different about Microsoft.

    Can anyone explain this to me?

    Hans
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    • I noticed something....

      You conspicuously left Apple out of your list.

      Why is that?
      Hallowed are the Ori
      • Yeah, ok, Apple too, along with Microsoft.

        I did forget Apple: I don't get that either.

        Hans
        Looks Confused
        • Follow the money trail

          Perhaps its because all these other companies don't pay millions/billions to anybody who is willing to parrot how great they are. Or make mucho dinaro by promoting/selling/supporting their products.
          Ole Man
          • Want to back up....

            your claims? Microsoft has never put 1 penny in my pocket directly. I make my money using their products with my employer.
            Erroneous
          • Microsoft routinely pays for PR

            Here's a link for you from the Chronicle of Higher Education:

            http://chronicle.com/data/articles.dir/art-44.dir/issue-
            33.dir/33a03001.htm

            I'm not saying it's wrong, just don't pretend it doesn't happen.

            Look at ZDNet... another great example. :-)
            comp_indiana
          • Same here

            I've never been paid by Microsoft in any way to promote their products.

            I use them happily and can't recommend them enough. Why? Because they work or at least have dedicate infrastructure to get fixed.

            I'm really growing tired of anti-Microsoft people claiming the only people who promote MS products are paid "shills". Excuse me, but I and millions of others use Microsoft products not because we are forced to but because they work, we've grown up with them and don't really care to switch so stop bashing us for using them.
            TylerM89
          • Whatever

            [i]I'm really growing tired of anti-Microsoft people claiming the only people who promote MS products are paid "shills". Excuse me, but I and millions of others use Microsoft products not because we are forced to but because they work, we've grown up with them and don't really care to switch so stop bashing us for using them.[/i]

            I use it because I'm forced to use it through my employer. It's a necessity that I can live with since they're paying me for it, but I have no great love for monopolies or people who aren't willing to consider other possibilities.
            Wintel BSOD
          • Same song, different singer.

            In the middle ages you had two choices: toil away on the vast land holdings of a feudal lords, or try to make a go of life in the unprotected wilderness. Something smells familiar here.
            Will Lewis
          • When people are conditioned in a comfort zone...

            [i]In the middle ages you had two choices: toil away on the vast land holdings of a feudal lords, or try to make a go of life in the unprotected wilderness. Something smells familiar here.[/i]

            ...then they'll never make a go of it on their own...

            You're right. Good analogy, here. If that's what you meant.

            Wintel BSOD
          • Too many assumtions...

            A monopoly is only a successful company that
            lacks competitors... in fact it doesn't even
            have to be that successful to be a monopoly.
            How is it a companies fault if it doesn't have
            competitors? Only if they've killed the other
            companies through ILLEGAL anti-competitive
            techniques. Any practice that results in the
            lost market of a competitor is considered by
            some to be anti-competitive. So essentially
            there are many in this world who just don't
            like successful companies, cause successful
            companies take most of the market share. Now...
            Microsoft is NOT a monopoly, cause they have
            LOT'S of competition.

            I as well as many others regularly try other
            OS's looking for better products. I'm glad we
            have virtual machines now cause that doesn't
            mean I have to keep a separate partition where
            I can only test 1 OS at a time. These are the
            OS's I'm testing at the moment (I have not
            standardized testing, I just use them on
            occasion, if I find myself not using one I get
            rid of it.)

            BeOS
            DexOS
            Fendora 10
            FreeDos (for nostalgia sake)
            Google Andriod
            Ubuntu
            MenuetOS
            Moblin 2
            OpenSolaris
            ReactOS
            Windows 1.0 (for nostalgia sake)
            Windows 3.1 (for nostalgia sake)
            Windows 98 (for nostalgia sake)
            Windows 7

            Asside from windows 7 I have yet to find one
            that I really like. Some of my friends think I
            am biased. Of course cause of the shorter
            learning curve, already being familiar with
            previous windows versions, this is the truth.
            But that is the only reason. I have actually
            used Linux more than Windows 7 cause I'm more
            interested in finding a copy of Linux I really
            like.

            I just like Windows best so far.

            I find many "Windows enthusiasts" has a similar
            attitude.

            (SO THERE!) *sticks out tongue childishly*


            shadfurman
        • Leave Apple Out Of This

          This Has nothing to do with apple, bonehead.
          yobtaf
          • I think it does.

            Apple fits the same definition of a commercial activity with enthusiastic supporters as Microsoft does. I don't understand why anyone would do that. So, it was a fair question for John to ask, and I had only omitted Apple from the list out of oversight. I'm sure there are other examples I've left out.

            Hans
            Looks Confused
          • Give us an example of Apple paying for PR

            They don't do this anywhere near as much as MS. Companies do give
            freebies away at conferences, etc... sure, but Microsoft actually pays
            people to write favorable things about them.

            http://chronicle.com/data/articles.dir/art-44.dir/issue-
            33.dir/33a03001.htm

            Other companies (including all the ones you mentioned) do not do this.
            comp_indiana
          • Apple's marketing budget in 2008 was $486M

            More even than Microsoft paid for marketing Vista!
            http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/21/yup-apples-advertising-budget-is-bigger-than-microsoft-vistas/

            Don't be so naive - Apple, like Microsoft is a for-profit Corporation. Like Microsoft, Apple has a duty to its shareholders to generate profits. The only way companies do this is by making more money than they spend. In order to make money, you have to advertize, market, schmooze, wine, dine and flatter anyone who will write/say something nice about you or your products.
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          • I'm not sure why you want me to do that.

            In the context of my original post, Apple is no different than Microsoft. John correctly asked me about the ommission, and I agreed that there is no difference between them with respect to the way I phrased my post. That is what I referred to in your posts parent (my previous reply). As far as this thread is concerned, I have no comment on any thing not related to my original question.

            Hans
            Looks Confused
          • Uh... Turn on your TV...

            ...and watch for a few hours. You might actually see one of those lamebrained Mac Vs PC ads...

            You might also want to visit CES or one of the other trade shows. Just count the number of bags you can pick up, full of near useless crap with corporate logos emblazoned on them. On rare occasions, you might get something somewhat useful from the booth babes - a pen, a USB stick drive, a small notepad, a calculator...

            I'm sure Apple has their own line of stuff they give out as well. They're really no different than IBM, Microsoft, Dell, HP, or any of the other bazillion or so exhibitors that show up at these shows.
            Wolfie2K3
          • Eum... Product placement anyone?

            Have you never wondered why in practically every TV show they have macs on every desk in every possible setting? Have you never wondered why that is? I mean... it IS known that Apple means nothing at all in the enterprise world. Walk into 100 offices and you will be lucky if you see 1 or 2 with macs. Yet, on tv shows they ALL have macs.

            Think about that for a second...
            Product placement in tv shows is an ENORMOUS part of advertisement. In some cases even more expensive then actuall advertisement during commercial brakes between shows.

            Apple is actually KNOWN for their marketing and PR departments. Much more then for their actual products.
            thedudez
          • Seen an Apple logo lately?

            Have you seen an Apple logo that happened to be placed anywhere other than directly on one of their products? Sure you have.

            Guess what! They paid for it!

            Apple has, and has had, employees - for those who have difficulty with concepts, that means Apple pays their salaries - who do nothing but write good things about Apple.
            Dr. John
          • examples

            ok .. so i used to work for the big fruit.

            they don't generally pay or even discount for most of the promos other companies run using their product. they do however keep 'shells' of their product available to be used in product placement in films / tv etc. so this is true .. they generally don't pay for product placement .. people just want to use their prod's in this way.

            they do however, have an 'ambassador' program where folks (generally celeb's) are paid and supplied free product to promote their wares. Of course, Apple also have a huge marketing effort and hordes of PR professionals working for them directly so it's quite naive to think they don't pay for PR. it's their oxygen ..
            kRanki1