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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RE: Comment by moleskine
by strcpy on Fri 12th Jun 2009 14:59 UTC in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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I am little lost here with mixed feelings about the whole deal.

If choice is offered to consumers, does this mean that Microsoft has to provide also support for all browsers it offers as a choice?

Don't just think consumer or OEM support etc., but support as a general software engineering practice; endless patching, updating and keeping track of security issues in products of other commercial companies.

This is just one weird thing that popped to my mind.

(As a footnote I may also add: while the media and public is all crazy about anything related to Microsoft, at the very same time Intel -- that big "friend" of OSS ;) -- has been found guilty to much more serious economic crimes and abuse of monopoly position.)

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By no means is MS alone in market abuse or partnered with other abusers for that matter. This topic is simply about MS particular abuse. If the article was about Intel's abuses then including MS would be equally out of place unless the specific topic was a connection between the two cases.

As for support. No one expect MS to support Firefox or Safari as it stands now. Why would it need to change? They still go Help -> Support and get forwarded to the respective software developer. At worst, the vendors would have to add a little blurb to clarify confusion; unless confusion was the intended outcome.

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