Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:03 UTC
Windows In a move to basically outflank the EU antitrust investigation, Microsoft has announced that all version of Windows 7 shipped in Europe will not include Internet Explorer 8 by default. This is reminiscent of the Windows XP N editions, which did not include Windows Media Player, but the difference here is that Microsoft will not ship versions of Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8 in Europe.
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EU being unfair?
by Drumhellar on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:42 UTC
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I like how Microsoft gets penalized for doing something that every other OS vendor does simply because they have a huge market share.

It is totally unreasonable for the EU to demand that MS bundles competitor's products, especially since IE is steadily losing market share, so this is the correct decision. Most OEMs will probably bundle IE on their systems, and OEM systems is how Microsoft sells most copies of Windows anyways. At the same time, they get the chance to bite their thumb at the EU.

Also, Opera is the one whining about this the most. They blame Microsoft's market share for their lack of it, not the facts that for a while they charged for their browser even though other browsers were free, and their browsers are, well, just ugly.

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