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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I don't see a choice popup happening
by jabbotts on Fri 12th Jun 2009 17:06 UTC
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MS has to answer to it's shareholders. The could do a popup during install including browser installs on the disk. Updates could expand the list with network stored installs but only after initial install. With the update utility moving to a client rather than a webapp, they could even leave the browser out completely until a basic network connection is configured.

I see this the same was as a Microsoft repository though. Windows users would benefit greatly from Windows Update being expanded into a network repository. All your apps are vetted through the repository maintainer for compatibility and quality levels. Those with highspeed internet simply fill the checkbox beside Adobe Photoshop, Firefox, MS Office, and Quicktime; whamoo.. your done and the invoice is in the mail or hitting your credit card before the transfer is done. MS own software distribution for business accounts provides ISO downloads for some of the products already.

The problem with both of these things; even if MS culture allowed such heresy, the shareholders wouldn't stand for it. Providing easier access to competitive products versus maintaining barriers to user choice and competition does not maximize investor returns. Investors get to vote and they don't care about the product, they care about stock values and equities.

Unless corporate culture and investors have a complete paradigm shift including cutting ties with father Bill and ousting Monkey Dancer, an MS network repository could only ever include MS software outside of vendor written hardware drivers.

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