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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What was stopping OEMs...
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 24th Jul 2009 23:59 UTC
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The main question I have is: what was stopping OEMs from including, say, Firefox and/or making it the default browser?

Back when Be Inc. was still around, I do remember that a Japanese OEM offered PCs with a Windows + BeOS dual-boot setup - but they were forced to stop, because Microsoft's OEM agreement forbid that sort of setup. Is there some similar clause that prevents OEMs from shipping machines with a browser other than IE installed/made the default?

If so, then I think the sensible solution would be to simply forbid Microsoft from using OEM agreements & volume discounts to bribe/bludgeon OEMs into only including IE.

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