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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Ridiculous situation
by mightshade on Fri 12th Jun 2009 16:08 UTC
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So, the EU commission and Opera have Microsoft in the corner. There's no way out - someone will whine in any case. And it is only going to conjure up more problems.

So let's assume a scenario where Microsoft includes a browser menu. Perhaps on install, perhaps on first login. Assume this menu contains a selection of popular browsers, say, IE, Firefox, Opera. Then Apple is going to whine: No Safari!. Or perhaps Google is going to whine: No Chrome! I don't think this will lead anywhere.

Or imagine a different scenario: Microsoft includes nothing, it's the OEM's choice what to install. What the people should do that buy their Windows from the shelf, without a computer, is obviously an unsolved issue. Anyway, assume Dell installs Firefox. Now Opera is going to whine again, because Dell is "anti-competitive". What's next? Dell including a browser menu on their homepage, having the same problem as Microsoft in the first scenario? Oh, please.

That being said, I agree that something had to be done about IE. The EU commission and Opera complained about IE's bundling - MS unbundled their browser. Problem solved. Now, stop being such a spoilt brat.

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