Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 13:55 UTC
Internet Explorer Yesterday, Microsoft dropped a bomb by announcing that all versions of Windows 7 released in Europe would ship without Internet Explorer pre-installed. This was in answer to the EU antitrust investigation currently under way regarding possible illegal bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows. The first reactions to this news are coming in, with Opera and the EU both lamenting the move.
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The whole argument is getting old
by panickedthumb on Fri 12th Jun 2009 14:03 UTC
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I am not a Microsoft fan by any stretch of the imagination, but in this day and age, people expect some basic things out of a PC they buy or OS they install, and one of those things is to be able to browse the internet immediately. I understand the non-competitive argument, but this takes away essential functionality.

If there is no browser bundled, how are you going to go download a browser? Are we going to see retail IE and Firefox packages now, like Netscape back in the day? Yes, the user deserves choice, but it makes no sense not to include a browser anymore.

I support making it easier to remove IE entirely in fresh Windows builds, and making it much easier for OEM's to install whatever browser they want, but out of the box, either way, there needs to be a browser, and the EU and Opera are just being naive to think their plans are good for the consumer.

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