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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**read this with a cup of coffee around - and with a sense of humour**


If there is no browser bundled, how are you going to go download a browser?

Well, use a ftp-client to download a browser, as I did with NT4, since no newer sites worked with IE2. Of course, without a ftp-client you can't do that. In which case you use a cd. There are tons of cd's with IE, FF and ftp - they tend to come with any software magazine.

Besides that a browser isn't system essential. The underlying libraries are essential. A browser is just an end user application and does not make the system more or less functional. It's just impractical without a browser ;)

You can get browsers from everywhere, so your scenario is essentially a non-issue. That said, a software store in Windows wouldn't be a bad thing. From that store (where one could add his/her own channels) one could download (for free or for money) a browser according to personal taste.

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