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: This is ridiculous
by ssa2204 on Fri 12th Jun 2009 17:59 UTC in reply to "This is ridiculous"
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I really can not think of any examples, at least not recently where a company was expected to promote a competitor directly. With Opera's response, it shows even more clearly their desire to get market share through legislation rather than innovation. All this can do is open a floodgate for companies to simply complain their way into the market. And yes Firefox is extremely relevant in that it shows exactly how Opera's argument has failed, their marketing has failed, and their product has failed.

What is interesting is the overall response to Opera has not been positive, even among many who never seemed to be friendly towards anything Microsoft related. The importance here is that once again Opera fails in public relations and marketing.

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