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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Even if MS's OEM deals didn't exist, that economic pressure would still be there to standardize on a single choice of OS. Less options to support makes for cheaper, more efficient operation on the vendor's side of things. The closest you'd get to having a true choice is outlawing preinstalls altogether and forcing the consumer to deal with acquiring and supporting their OS on their own.

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