Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Mar 2009 17:31 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Internet Explorer Details are scarce at the moment, but testers familiar with the recently leaked Windows 7 build 7048 confirm that Internet Explorer 8 is now an optional component in Windows 7. This is most likely a direct consequence of the EU investigation into the bundling of IE. Still, a few questions remain.
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RE: Windows 98
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Mar 2009 19:51 UTC in reply to "Windows 98"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

Well, to be honest, I find it absurd to fine (or threatening to fine) Microsoft for including a web browser with their OS. Who does NOT want a browser these days? It's just common sense to include such more-or-less mandatory applications. And of course they will include software they have control over and know the innards of. It'd be silly for them not to.

Microsoft has done a lot of bad stuff, but making up new and new reasons to fine them isn't any better.

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RE[2]: Windows 98
by arpan on Wed 4th Mar 2009 19:56 in reply to "RE: Windows 98"
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2006-07-30

I think that the idea is that if companies that make and sell systems want to install a different browser, they should be allowed to replace IE with Firefox, Opera, Chrome etc.

This would allow for example, Google to pay HP or Dell to replace IE with Chrome.

I dearly hope that this happens eventually, as that is the only way that IE is going to lose its majority market share in the near future.

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RE[3]: Windows 98
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Mar 2009 20:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Windows 98"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I think that the idea is that if companies that make and sell systems want to install a different browser, they should be allowed to replace IE with Firefox, Opera, Chrome etc.

This would allow for example, Google to pay HP or Dell to replace IE with Chrome.


But, what does it matter if IE is still installed if the default browser being shipped with the computer is f.ex. Chrome, all links open with it, and IE is only visible if you look for it in the Start menu? As far as I see, it doesn't matter at all in practice. It only matters to people who just happen to get their pants or panties in a twist over arbitrary things.

And yes, unless Microsoft has made a deal with the OEMs then they could already ship those PCs with some alternative browser as the default one. They just don't do it.

Do note, just because something is included by default doesn't mean it's a bad thing, especially in the case of such a mandatory app as a web browser, and even if it is included and installed by default doesn't mean you are forced to use it.

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