Microsoft to remove the Calculator from Windows

News from Repeou:

The country Repeou threatens Microsoft to pay a fine as much as 10 percent of its global annual sales for monopoly defenses. The software giant is abusing its monopoly power by bundling several applications such as the Calculator and Paint with Windows.

The process against Microsoft was started by the company named Nisbum. Nisbum developed a great calculator but doesn't see a chance to sell this great product to the masses as long as Microsoft bundles the Calculator with Windows.

According to Repeou, Microsoft must offer at least two separate versions of Windows, one version without the Calculator.

Repeou is giving Microsoft a last opportunity to comment before the case is concluded.


What are the boundaries of an operating system? The boundaries of operating systems shouldn't be defined by governments, and they shouldn't be defined by competitors.




Update (too many readers take this serious):
This story is a joke - related to the EU case against Microsoft. There is no country with the name Repeou, and I don't know a company named Nisbum. However, you can rearrange the letters of the country and company, and you will get some real values here. BTW, two companies ;-)


  • I agree that competitors and governments shouldn't set the boundaries of an operating system - but I'm not convinced that vendors should.

  • I can't believe this. What a joke! Like the fast-food lawsuits, next, people will be trying to sue Microsoft for "forcing" them to use a mouse.

  • That is just insane. The calculator in windows has been around much longer than this company probably. When did the calculator show up, Windows 1 or 3.1?

  • Google doesn't return any hits for "nisbum calculator" or for "Repeou".

  • Is this satire or just insanity?

  • Of course there is nor real country like Repeou, and I don't know a company Nisbum. However you can turn the letters around for something meaningful.

  • Matt, JD, Jim - this is satire. Compare it with the current EU lawsuit (WMP) and an older US lawsuit (IE) to get your own opinion about it.

  • Christian-

    I have developed a superior brand of satire but am unable to sell it because you're bundling it with your blog. Our lawyers will be contacting you., Inc.

  • Followup:

    Bill Gates says that MS will no longer sell Windows in Repeou due the impossibility of removing Calc.exe from the operating system. "Without Calc, Windows can not add or subtract and probably wouldn't even boot," one Microsoft employee stated to the court. The court's requests for MS to allow Dell to sell a "non-calc" version was met with a staged BSOD (Bill brought a VCR+TV combo and told the court it was a new keyboard-less PC). "See? Take Calc oot, machine won't boot!" Steve Balmer said about 40 time while sweating profusely and running, jumping and clapping around the court room.

    Eventually, the court saw through the ruse and demanded that MS not remove Calc as the original poster erroneously stated, but to allow OEMs to uninstall Calc and replace it with another software calculator before selling their machines to consumers.

    Nisbum, who has only sold 1 copy of his calculator program, was unable to afford cab fare and missed the hearing.

  • Why not have everything (WMP, calc, paint, explorer,...) be a package that OEMs could replace?

    This might also help for security and small installs: just pick the packages you want. You might even have the choice between multiple media players or window managers...

    This will also help MS in future lawsuits. If Repeou wants a version without WMP, it's really easy for MS to do so, just change a config file for EU CDs.

    Of course, since the Microsoft packages will be better, the best distro will be the MS one. But competitors won't complain about MS not being fair play.

  • Dumky, there is a very good reason not to create many different packages: as an application developer I want to know what's available with the operating system. My applications use features that are already there, I'm not rewriting code because I'm not sure if it's on the desktop of the user.

    Because you mentionn Linux - how is this with Linux? This is a very similar problem with Linux! And this is the reason why RedHat is gaining market share and all other distributions are loosing.

  • Aki,

    Internet Explorer is a lot more than the user interface. Visual Studio is an example of an application that makes use of the WebBrowser control. I'm also using the WebBrowser control in my applications, and I'm using API calls that are part of the WebBrowser.

    The same is true for the WMP. WMP is more than the user interface. Some accessibility options make use of WMP.

    OK, now you may say that MS should leave this in the OS and just remove the UI. This was never an option. The governments always asked to remove the features completely and not just turn the UI off (US with Internet Explorer and EU with WMP).

  • Internet Explorer is is not more than the UI. The (seriously out-of-date) rendering engine is a separate component that can be used, like you said, in any application.

    I am not an anti-MS idiot. I just hate crappy bundled software that slow down competition and innovation.

  • Whats a calculator?

  • omg, dongs. LOLOL.

  • I guess we should have auto makers remove the radios from cars since they are not needed for the automobile to provide its intended function. I just hate crappy bundled stock stereos that slow down competition and innovation.

    What an idiot.

  • Heh. Microsoft should be forced to remove the graphical user interface as well! Does anyone care about the companies that create graphical user interfaces?

  • Look, the law is the law, break it and you get punished. European law applies to all people doing business or living in Europe - REGARDLESS of your companies nationality, or the size of your home countries GDP, or the size of your standing army (ad nauseum).

    Fast and loose is no way to go in legal matters, and Microsoft are exactly that.

  • Microsoft included native support for hard drives in what? MS-DOS 3. Native support for mice in MS-DOS 4. How dare Microsoft drive the poor device driver vendors out of business. Media Player is just an advanced version of Microsoft Sound and Microsoft Recorder which have been in the OS since 3.0.

  • Secretgeek has a similar entry. It's funny, check it out:

  • top stuff Christian! ;+)

    (great minds think alike hey)

  • "What an idiot."

    You might be. Calling others names while remaining practically anonymous. Why did you feel that offended?

    To you bad analogy: no car maker has a MONOPOLY. You guys keep forgetting that. I think that no one company should decide that much of what gets installed on a common desktop.

  • "You might be. Calling others names while remaining practically anonymous. Why did you feel that offended?"

    I do believe Chris C put his name to his post, just because you don't know him doesn't make him anonymous.

  • At least for me he is. Not that I care.

  • Christian, there is no country named Repeou, but no country named Europe either...

  • Fabrice, of course you are correct. I didn't want to make this too easy ;-)

    There is also not a single company Nisbum. You have to split it up into two names for two companies.

  • Oh OK, now I get what Nisbum means :-)

  • Nisbum is Sun and Ibm ;)

  • I don't buy that bundling IE was illegal. Is there value to the consumer? Yes. What happened to that standard? Does that matter anymore?

    Lets say MSFT removes IE...since it is so illegal. Now the first application my 60 year old father has to learn how to use is command line ftp to download the browser he is supposed to care about or have a preference. Please no. Family tech support is bad enough. But then IPSwitch decides that Microsoft including FTP is damaging to their WS-FTP business as well. They take it to the courts and the courts rule that Microsoft needs to remove command line FTP as well. What then? People actually start using the AOL discs they receive in the mail? Noooooooooooooooooooo!

  • Buk, the processes against Microsoft are never about advantages for the consumer.

    There is a new process: in South Korea a process was started because of Microsoft bundling the Messenger.

  • The wealth of the mind is the only wealth.


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