Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 13:55 UTC
Internet Explorer Yesterday, Microsoft dropped a bomb by announcing that all versions of Windows 7 released in Europe would ship without Internet Explorer pre-installed. This was in answer to the EU antitrust investigation currently under way regarding possible illegal bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows. The first reactions to this news are coming in, with Opera and the EU both lamenting the move.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Fri 12th Jun 2009 14:08 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

A pop up to choose a browser is no good, how can people truly choose, if they don't try first?

IE/Firefox/Safari & Opera are already free downloads for anybody to try, and people are already choosing browsers.

Firefox's marketshare going from 0 to >50% in places like Indonesia prooves that Opera is talking a load of claptrap and just want an easy bundled ride, even if IE & Firefox have to travel in the front with them.

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I think IE should be bundled, but the default home page should be a google search for "Get a web browser".

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by drstorm on Fri 12th Jun 2009 14:20 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
drstorm Member since:
2009-04-24

You mean www.bing.com search? ;)

(No, I don't use Bing...)

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by JonathanBThompson on Fri 12th Jun 2009 15:30 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
JonathanBThompson Member since:
2006-05-26

That opens a whole new can of worms, regardless of which search engine is used: then Microsoft will be showing favoritism there, too, whether it be their own, Google, Yahoo!, Cuil, or any of the others: do they then need to provide a search page to show them all the options? It never ends! As soon as Microsoft chose any single engine, or chose a selection of engines to offer, they'd be slammed for the same thing, but for search engines: the EU cannot ever be satisfied, and Microsoft is doing what makes the most sense: make them unsatisfied while fulfilling legal requirements, instead of making them unsatisfied and having any chance for any particular party to gripe of favoritism.

I think it will soon be time for customers in the EU to start seeing browsers sold on media in stores, for those that otherwise don't already have a downloaded installable copy from another source, since you can't be sure what OEMs will do, and there will still be those that assemble new computers from component parts.

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A return of massive CD distribution...
by MollyC on Fri 12th Jun 2009 19:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

I remember in the 90's, where AOL CDs were all over the place. Inserted in magazines, boxes of cereal, in "For Free" bins at the Post Office, etc. Maybe we'll return to those days. Free coasters!!

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