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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Standards, standards, standards
by waynej on Mon 27th Jul 2009 08:37 UTC
waynej
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2007-07-04

I can't see how this ballot option is a realistic option. As things stand, too many people still associate IE with "The Internet" and fail to even realize that there are alternatives.

"What's a firey fox?"

"Opera... that's that there dang screechy moosic ain't it?"

"Safari?.. Dang it I ain't goin' to Africa.."

(apologies for the inferences above)

Without providing the users with explanations, data, etc. how can anyone expect them to make an informed decision and if you do provide the info, do you really think people will take the time to read it?

A far better option in my opinion would have been to compel Microsoft to install a fully standards compliant browser within a given period of time. If the browser supplied isn't compliant within the timeframe then they must have a panel within the window pointing out that the application is not standards compliant and advise of alternatives. (eg Acid 3 and browsers have to score >90 and include a security assessment. This is just an example - not advocating it).

Where, with the ballot system, is the incentive for Microsoft to improve their offering?

I use Opera all the time and have converted a number of people - both IE and Firefox - users and would love to see greater adoption of what is IMO easily the best browser available but I don't think this is the way.

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