Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Mar 2006 17:02 UTC, submitted by Nehemoth
Internet Explorer BusinessWeek is reporting that Microsoft's next release of Internet Explorer, version 7, will not be integrated into Windows. Breaking nearly ten years of tradition, Internet Explorer was always very tightly integrated into Windows, allowing users to do such things as launch a website directly from any Windows Explorer window, or save a live web page as the desktop wallpaper.
Thread beginning with comment 108822
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: It's all about security
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Mar 2006 17:28 UTC in reply to "It's all about security"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Seems like MS took a nod from the linux/unix world.

KDE is using the same integration. Konqueror.

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[3]: It's all about security
by el3ktro on Tue 28th Mar 2006 17:41 in reply to "RE[2]: It's all about security"
el3ktro Member since:
2006-01-10

Well on a KDE desktop, I can deinstall Konqueror completely without breaking anything.

Tom

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[3]: It's all about security
by Ascay on Tue 28th Mar 2006 17:57 in reply to "RE[2]: It's all about security"
Ascay Member since:
2005-07-11

KDE has components called KHTML and KJS. These components are for example used by Konqueror to render websites. The system is very transparent and the components can be deinstalled without a problem. You could even substitute the components with Gecko (there are some projects that do that) because the interface is Open Source.

Quite a difference to Windows with IE imho.

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[4]: It's all about security
by siride on Tue 28th Mar 2006 18:08 in reply to "RE[3]: It's all about security"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

And more importantly, KDE is just normal software that runs as a low-privilege user. It's not part of the OS, it's not even part of X11, which is itself not part of the OS (except for DRM drivers in the kernel). It's a far cry from Microsoft's level of integration.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[4]: It's all about security
by CPUGuy on Tue 28th Mar 2006 18:28 in reply to "RE[3]: It's all about security"
CPUGuy Member since:
2005-07-06

No, this is exactly how IE works, actually.

The only difference is Windows specifically uses Trident and you can not substitute.

So, other than not being able to substitue Trident for another rendering engine, you explained EXACTLY how Windows uses IE.

Reply Parent Score: 2

Get a Life Member since:
2006-01-01

You could replace the components that compose IE, too. This is basically the approach WINE uses, with Gecko as the backend. You could delete the DLLs and break all of the software that makes uses of the controls, including the shell. If you were really determined you could use Windows without IE.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[4]: It's all about security
by porcel on Wed 29th Mar 2006 01:07 in reply to "RE[2]: It's all about security"
porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

Please stop inserting foot in mouth. Konqueror and IE bear no resemblance to each other, even if you might have grasped otherwise on a very cursory review.

Reply Parent Score: 1