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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by Hae-Yu on Fri 12th Jun 2009 18:09 UTC
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Opera wants to be bundled in a Windows 7 installation. Period. No other solution will work or solve their market share problem.

Firefox, Safari, and Chrome make money because they tried new revenue models. Opera is a for-profit company that hasn't successfully monetized their desktop product. First they sold it in an era when the other 2 big names were free. Then they went to mixed ad-supported/ purchase. Then they adopted a Google arrangement. Because of their portability and early entry, they do well in mobile markets, but their Q1 2009 report admits they still haven't found a way to monetize their large Opera Mini base. They have a good lead, but don't know how to use it. Their problem isn't Microsoft; the company is just poorly run.

Differences between desktop browsers are far less than their similarities. Opera has no compelling reason for people to seek it out.

Opera has been out for 15 years. It has consistently received favorable reviews. I even paid my $35 (39?) a decade ago. If it was going to succeed, success would have happened. The fact that Opera has to use the state's force shows the company is running out of steam and original business ideas. In the end, my $35 was poorly invested charity that I now regret.

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