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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Boohoo - you can't uninstall the IE DLLs. Go cry about it. Who cares? It's not acting as a browser anymore and it won't ask to be your default browser after that point. What's the problem? Is it too much for you to handle, having evil Microsoft code dirtying up your Windows installation?

"When you are legally found to be the monopoly position, laws become applicable too you which are not applicable to non-monopoly status. These protect the consumer and the market. Again, this is not "stupid FOSS hippies" thing, it's a legal thing."

Last I knew companies that are monopolies still are not legally obilgated to promote competitors products.

"As for "it's unbelievably easy", your assuming consumers realize they have any choice at all. When you can walk into your local computer-mart and see the same hardware with three different OS platforms on display; come back and tell us about consumers being educated and having choice. "

Again - boohoo. People need to take responsibility for and educate themselves. I'm tired of this sense of entitlement - that companies should HAVE to hold peoples hands. They shouldn't.

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