Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jul 2009 21:07 UTC
Windows The browser saga between Microsoft, the EU, and various browser makers just got a new chapter. We all know how the EU and Microsoft are in a legal tussle over the inclusion of Internet Explorer with Windows. Microsoft surprised everyone in June by announcing that Windows 7 would ship without Internet Explorer in Europe, a move it had hoped would silence the EU. The EU and Opera, however, were not impressed, and now Microsoft has caved in to the pressure.
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How many clicks
by sbergman27 on Fri 24th Jul 2009 22:07 UTC
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I wonder how they are going to steer unsophisticated (most) users to IE. Is installation of non-IE browsers going to be more confusing than IE? Is IE going to have the word "recommended" next to it? Is it going to be 1 click for IE and 10 clicks with various questions to answer in between for the others? Are they going to have fun confirmation prompts like:

Are you sure that you don't want to not install Internet Explorer as your default browser?"

<OK> <Install Windows Default>

The EU needs to see the finalized ballot screen and approve it *before* the Windows 7 release. I smell a rat. They knew good and well that not providing any browser at all was totally unacceptable, and proposed that unworkable idea just to try to make it appear that IE by default was better for consumers. This ballot screen has *always* been the best way. And that's been pretty obvious to anyone watching. I can't believe that they don't have some more tricks up their sleeve. They've been treating this like a game thus far, and I expect that they'll continue doing so as long as they are allowed.

Perhaps they are just planning on arm-twisting Dell and others to preconfigure the machines they sell "properly".

Edited 2009-07-24 22:22 UTC

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