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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by wawrzyn on Thu 11th Jun 2009 23:02 UTC
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I don't want to comment on antitrust movement, but I feel it doesn't have to much with the free market in common. Microsoft can do what they want to do with their own products. We have the choice - we don't have to use MS technologies at all, if we don't want them. FREEDOM for all sides.

But please tell me, what does it mean for the applications that are using embedded IE in them (I mean webbrowser.ocx). I feel there will be some troubles on Windows 7 without IE - probably you will have to install IE first, then you will have to register ActiveX control (or it will be registered already after IE installation) to get such app working. It's just a thought... Maybe not too deep, but I think there will be a lot of troubles and issues with many applications and all European users will blame EU about forcing MS to remove IE from default Windows 7 installation at the end.

One thing I must tell I learned from MS - they have always very good tactical and strategical plans for their future. They know how to plan in short and long term very well - see the success of MS Windows, Office, .NET, Visual Studio, XBOX 360. Not bad. So, what is the idea behind this move? What they want to prove by removing IE from Windows 7 for European market?

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