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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I don't get it
by rdforsyth on Fri 12th Jun 2009 15:06 UTC
rdforsyth
Member since:
2009-02-02

Firstly, call me an idiot, but in Windows, don't you generally need a default browser to download an alternative browser? I mean sure, *I* can FTP and get one, but my mum? Hah.

Not having a default browser is suicide. There are people that only email/web surf, and could care less about "browsers" or "email clients", actually, when I worked at AT&T, it was "the internet" or "email" for 99% of the calls. I'm sure if Joe Blow grabbed a copy, installed it, and found no browser, he'd be right pissed.

Seriously, it's Microsoft's product. I don't remember Opera throwing in a couple million to contribute? I don't get what all the whining is about. It's not like MS is crying because IE isn't an option in Solaris, Linux, IRIX, VMS, Etc., Etc..

I sound like a fanboy here, but I'm actually a Debian user, and my browser of choice is Firefox. Just sayin'.

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RE: I don't get it - not a realy challenge
by jabbotts on Fri 12th Jun 2009 17:58 in reply to "I don't get it"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I and a few others have answered that very question in other posts here so I won't repeat it a second time. Simply put, it's really not a challenge to provide a way for your Grannie to install her choice of browser through at least five different approaches. Business culture is a far greater challenge than any technological hiccups.

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