Global Dispatches

Opera Files Suit Against Microsoft

BRUSSELS Opera Software ASA last month filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft Corp., accusing it of stifling competition by tying its Internet Explorer Web browser to Windows. The complaint, filed with the European Commission, contends that Microsoft is abusing its dominant position in the PC business.

Oslo-based Opera is asking the commission to force Microsoft to unbundle IE from Windows or to offer other browsers as a standard part of the operating system.

Microsoft said it will cooperate with any investigation that may result from Operas complaint. It also claimed that users can now use and set as default any browser they wish and that PC manufacturers can preinstall any browser as the default on any Windows machine they sell.

-- James Niccolai and Paul Meller, IDG News Service

IBM Projects $1B in India Revenue

BANGALORE, India IBM is projecting sales of about $1 billion (U.S.) from its Indian operation, up from about $700 million in 2006.

A spokesman for IBM India Ltd., which is based here, said sales in India grew by 39% during the first three quarters of 2007. At the current growth rates, we expect revenue of $1 billion for the year, he said.

The spokesman said that India has become a key hub for IBMs delivery of services worldwide, since the company is taking advantage of the countrys large pool of skilled labor. The company employed 53,000 people in India at the end of 2006. Current figures are unavailable, said IBM.

-- John Ribeiro, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

National Foods Ltd. has extended its outsourcing contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. by three years. The deal is worth $12.3 million Australian ($10.6 million U.S.). HP manages the Melbourne, Australia-based dairy products manufacturers IT infrastructure and is planning to introduce SAP AG applications.

-- Sandra Rossi, Computerworld Australia

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