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 johnnysaucepn
by johnnysaucepn on Fri 12th Jun 2009 14:23 UTC
johnnysaucepn
Member since:
2006-08-22

What you mean to say is that Firefox has managed to scrape together 25% market share *despite* MS's illegal and abusive practices. Opera isn't the only one standing to gain from this - in fact FF stands to gain a great deal more, which is why Mozilla are standing beside them.

What really benefits Opera is more people using things like FF, Safari and Chrome - standards-built browsers becoming standard would suit them down to the ground.

This is another example of MS deliberately threatening to release a crippled product that they know will tank in order to justify their actions.

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RE: Comment by johnnysaucepn
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 14:29 in reply to "Comment by johnnysaucepn"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

This is another example of MS deliberately threatening to release a crippled product that they know will tank in order to justify their actions.


This product cannot "tank" (I assume that means "fail") because it's the only way you're gonna get Windows 7 in Europe. There will be NO versions with IE.

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RE[2]: Comment by johnnysaucepn
by l3v1 on Sat 13th Jun 2009 06:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by johnnysaucepn"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

There will be NO versions with IE.


The repetition of this begins to annoy me. Putting in icon on the desktop that when clicked downloads and installs IE automatically through ftp or windows update wouldn't cost a full day's technician salary at MS. This is a non-issue. Even putting "download&install x browser" icons with all major browsers on the desktop wouldn't hurt anyone, and it would be even better than the EU-wanted popup dialog idiotism.

This whole thing is just ridiculous. Giant nitwits throwing sand at each other.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

On the other hand, it provides a potential 7th win7 license; Windows7 WWW Edition. ;)

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