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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Optional is good.
by naelurec on Wed 4th Mar 2009 21:15 UTC
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On my network, Internet Explorer is not needed. We use Firefox for web browsing. But even so, we still need to patch and update Internet Explorer to avoid any 3rd party applications that utilize the IE API from potentially causing issues on our systems.

Being able to completely pull out IE and have these apps tap into another browsers interfaces sounds great. This minimizes the complexity and footprint of the installation and minimizes the need to create policies to limit access to Explorer (as its not there, nothing to be concerned with.)

Of course, that would be ideal, but I'd venture to guess there are way too many apps out there that tap into the IE API's and once it is pulled out, there will be a LOT of pressure from other applications to install it so those applications can operate. We'll see.

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RE: Optional is good.
by google_ninja on Thu 5th Mar 2009 13:25 in reply to "Optional is good."
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The API is staying, it is just the main executable that will be removable

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