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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RE[2]: So Amusing...
by kaiwai on Sat 13th Jun 2009 05:08 UTC in reply to "RE: So Amusing..."
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This is not (only ?) directly about sales for Opera, what they really want is that people use a standardscompliant and up to date browser, so Opera doesn't have to support all the crap websites out there because they only take into account IE6 or something along those lines. IE8 is a bit better, but still only properly supports things which other browsers have had for years.

If it is about standards support then why not force Microsoft to remove all backwards compatibility, proprietary technology, extensions and only support the specifications. Part of the specifications is the speeding up of HTML 5.0 becoming an official standard - why is it taking so long to release what should be an evolutionary step up? As much as I hate Microsoft, the W3C are as much to blame with them taking so long when it comes to getting these pie in the sky ideas out into a real and finalised standard.

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