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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The UI is hideous,

I personally like it. But for those that don't, it can be changed easily enough.

it includes built-in features I don't want (the widgit system, I forget what it's called),

So don't use them then. Nobody is forcing you.

and it's missing features I do want (noscript and adblock, same as everyone else).

Opera has both those features. Granted they're not as intuitive as FF extensions, but they're still there.

There was a time, back when we were competing against IE 6, when a rapid and standards-compliant render was enough to be competitive. Now, most browser can pull off a good enough render in a small enough amount of time. Now, you need extra features to compete, and Opera is fairly lacking there.

Lacking? Opera has pioneered many features (eg tabs) - some of which a lot of browsers still don't have (eg speed dial)

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