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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This is ridiculous
by ringham on Fri 12th Jun 2009 17:17 UTC
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Opera wants to force Microsoft to essentially promote their product. WTF? That's so unbelievably childish of them. Especially considering their poor market share these days - Opera is on it's way out, in my opinion. I know I sure as hell won't use it.

Frankly, I think it's ridiculous that Microsoft had to come to this point (unbundling IE8 with Windows 7). So is Apple going to be forced to unbundle Safari? Is Ubuntu going to be forced to unbundle Firefox? Of course not. So where is the fairness in that? And don't give me the FOSS party line - "well its different because Microsoft has a monopoly". Bullshit. It's not different at all. Firefox is doing fine, competing on it's own. So is Safari.

People do have a choice. It's unbelievably easy to download a different browser using IE if that's what you want to do.

Companies shouldn't be forced to inform users about the choices they have. Users are grownups. Users can find out for themselves. But it's never enough for the virus-like FOSSers. It's always about them. What's next, collective software development farms?

In what other industry can a company be forced to promote it's COMPETITOR'S product? It's bullshit that Microsoft is forced into this position.

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