Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jul 2009 21:07 UTC
Windows The browser saga between Microsoft, the EU, and various browser makers just got a new chapter. We all know how the EU and Microsoft are in a legal tussle over the inclusion of Internet Explorer with Windows. Microsoft surprised everyone in June by announcing that Windows 7 would ship without Internet Explorer in Europe, a move it had hoped would silence the EU. The EU and Opera, however, were not impressed, and now Microsoft has caved in to the pressure.
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Too little, too late
by WorknMan on Fri 24th Jul 2009 21:31 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

This might've actually made a difference if they had done it 10 years ago when it actually mattered, but now what's the point? Honestly, I don't remember the last time I had to pull up IE because a particular site wouldn't work in whatever browser I was using.

IE is slowly but surely losing marketshare to Firefox and Safari, and guess what... it happened WITHOUT any government intervention.

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RE: Too little, too late
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 24th Jul 2009 21:33 in reply to "Too little, too late"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

IE is slowly but surely losing marketshare to Firefox and Safari, and guess what... it happened WITHOUT any government intervention.


Bingo.

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RE[2]: Too little, too late
by kamil_chatrnuch on Sat 25th Jul 2009 00:59 in reply to "RE: Too little, too late"
kamil_chatrnuch Member since:
2005-07-07

aah, i don't like this at all. i'm an opera user since version 6, but opera is just going nuts about this...

but ok, let them have it. how do we choose the browsers? easy, let's use the same rule as most democracies for the parliament elections - a 5% minimum.

so according to:
http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

with IE6 and IE7 being obsolete and sorting alphabetically, we'll get a ballot with:

Chrome
Firefox
IE


there. good luck opera.
(typed from an opera browser)

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RE: Too little, too late
by kragil on Fri 24th Jul 2009 21:37 in reply to "Too little, too late"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

I think it is a great solution. IE still has 70% of the market and can still be used to push shit onto the internet. A lot of people do not know about different browsers, they don't even know what a browser is. "The blue E is the internet"(I deleted the internet!)
Even Mozilla could not reach those folks. Everybody who think it could lives in circles of computer literates and does not know normal people.

Edit. This proves my point:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4MwTvtyrUQ

Edited 2009-07-24 21:40 UTC

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RE[2]: Too little, too late
by unoengborg on Sat 25th Jul 2009 00:51 in reply to "RE: Too little, too late"
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

I think it is a great solution. IE still has 70% of the market and can still be used to push shit onto the internet. A lot of people do not know about different browsers, they don't even know what a browser is.


People may not know, but the marketing people of various companies do. They are usually the ones who "put shit onto the internet" not Microsoft. Leaving out 30% of their potential customers by just providing content that only can be accessed by IE is not acceptable. Even 10% would have been too much

They will use technology that can be read in all browsers. In a sense this means that Microsoft already have lost their control. In turn, this means that Microsoft have little to lose by letting people select their preferred browser, especially if doing so, will let the EU off their back.

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RE[2]: Too little, too late
by porcel on Sun 26th Jul 2009 16:38 in reply to "RE: Too little, too late"
porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

That video totally rocks and proves that stringent anti-monopoly measures such as the ones announced by the EU Comission are very necessary.

The video is funny too and shows how Microsoft profits from the general confusion surrounding what a browser even is.

If I were google, I would be pushing chrome as hard as I could, because google is a brand that most people trust. Firefox is getting some recognition by word of mouth, but it´s taking its sweet time to materialize.

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