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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by JonathanBThompson on Fri 12th Jun 2009 15:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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That opens a whole new can of worms, regardless of which search engine is used: then Microsoft will be showing favoritism there, too, whether it be their own, Google, Yahoo!, Cuil, or any of the others: do they then need to provide a search page to show them all the options? It never ends! As soon as Microsoft chose any single engine, or chose a selection of engines to offer, they'd be slammed for the same thing, but for search engines: the EU cannot ever be satisfied, and Microsoft is doing what makes the most sense: make them unsatisfied while fulfilling legal requirements, instead of making them unsatisfied and having any chance for any particular party to gripe of favoritism.

I think it will soon be time for customers in the EU to start seeing browsers sold on media in stores, for those that otherwise don't already have a downloaded installable copy from another source, since you can't be sure what OEMs will do, and there will still be those that assemble new computers from component parts.

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