Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:03 UTC
Windows In a move to basically outflank the EU antitrust investigation, Microsoft has announced that all version of Windows 7 shipped in Europe will not include Internet Explorer 8 by default. This is reminiscent of the Windows XP N editions, which did not include Windows Media Player, but the difference here is that Microsoft will not ship versions of Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8 in Europe.
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What will Google do?
by jebb on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:29 UTC
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From the general public's point of view, this is almost a non issue: OEMs will never ship a PC without a fully functional browser on bord.
What will be highly interesting is which browser will get shipped. Of course IE8 is the obvious choice (the safest for OEMs), but who knows what deals other browser makers may enter... I can't see Google missing this opportunity to push Chrome.

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I assumed that Firefox would be the OEM
by MollyC on Thu 11th Jun 2009 22:50 in reply to "What will Google do?"
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browser of choice, but you're right, Google will indeed push Chrome. But Google already has so much dominance in other areas, will the EC allow them to aggresively push their browser? I guess it's up to Nellie.

Chrome seems almost too barebones, though, to be shipped by an OEM as the default browser. I love Chrome, but it lacks lots of features compared to FF, IE, Opera, Safari (which is one of the reasons I like it). Is it really suitable for a default browser from a consumer standpoint? I don't know. Not that it matters, I expect Google to pay OEMs to ship Chrome, just as they pay Dell to ship Google Desktop.

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