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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This is wrong in so many ways I can't even count.

First of all there may be some truth in the whole monopoly thing but it's a slippery slope. What if I have developed a notepad application? Can I sue MS for bundling notepad? Or can I sue them for bundling Solitaire or Calculator? Although this would be terrible (presented with a ballot screen the first time you use anything) it can go deeper than that. Can Sun sue Microsoft because they bundle the .NET framework instead of the JVM?

Also I don't understand how Opera is going to gain marketshare this way (since they are the ones that pushing it). Let's say that an average user is presented with:

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Apple Safari

The possible answers imo are:

Internet explorer because it's what i use all the time
Firefox because I heard my nephew talk about it and he's really good with this stuff
Chrome because it says google
Safari because it says apple

So I don't see how Opera is going to benefit from a ballot screen. The browser that is going to benefit the most is chrome. Average people don't know the difference between a browser and a search engine, as demonstrated by a youtube video someone posted earlier (They shouldn't too. They just want their job done). So if they don't go with IE they are going to go with the second most familiar thing in that list.

PS: I am an Opera user since 9.2x and I consider it to be the best browser right now but I am really saddened by what they are doing

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