Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Nov 2005 20:04 UTC
Windows A major UK retail store and three of the largest PC vendors worldwide still have no plans to sell the version of Microsoft Windows that does not contain its media player, five months after the version was released. Microsoft started offering Windows XP N, a version of Windows without a bundled media player, in June of this year to comply with last year's antitrust ruling by the European Commission.
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RE[2]: choice & freedom
by jptros on Fri 18th Nov 2005 22:35 UTC in reply to "RE: choice & freedom"
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Great points. Most of this boils down to bitterness, not vendor lock-in not to mention you can chose to have WMP removed in Windows XP or you can use the 'Set Program Access and Defaults' utility to set a default media player which is found right under the 'Add and Remove Windows Components' utility that allows you to remove WMP. Both of these utilities can be found within the 'Add/Remove Programs' utility in the control panel.

Of course, at least one of these (Set Program Access and Defaults) utilities requires an update, and maybe the other as well, but if you can download a media player you can get the updates too.

But in all reality, why complain about getting more for your money?

Edited 2005-11-18 22:46

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