Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jul 2009 07:29 UTC
Opera Software Last week, the European Commission announced that Microsoft is willing to implement a browser ballot screen in Windows so that users can select a browser to install when installing Windows or when setting up their OEM computer. While this makes Opera very happy, Opera would like to see Ubuntu and Apple offer such a ballot screen too.
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What about Maxthon?
by Havin_it on Mon 27th Jul 2009 13:02 UTC
Havin_it
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2006-03-10

Just a thought: how do browsers like Maxthon that are "wrappers" for IE's Trident browser engine fit into this masterplan? If IE can really be fully uninstalled, is Trident still there? If not, then you'll have to (re)install it to use Maxthon.

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RE: What about Maxthon?
by aesiamun on Mon 27th Jul 2009 18:09 in reply to "What about Maxthon?"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

If trident is fully stripped it would break more than just browsers that wrap it. There are many applications out there that rely on it for one thing or another. Help files are typically chm which the app would then have to provide their own rendering engine just for help functionality.

I think MS should just sell a version of windows without any brower. No ballots, no links that will help download one. If Opera is going to be difficult, MS could just make it more difficult for the user to get ANY browser.

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RE[2]: What about Maxthon?
by darknexus on Mon 27th Jul 2009 18:36 in reply to "RE: What about Maxthon?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

If trident is fully stripped it would break more than just browsers that wrap it. There are many applications out there that rely on it for one thing or another. Help files are typically chm which the app would then have to provide their own rendering engine just for help functionality.

I think MS should just sell a version of windows without any brower. No ballots, no links that will help download one. If Opera is going to be difficult, MS could just make it more difficult for the user to get ANY browser.


Microsoft were recently threatening to do just that, and perhaps Windows 7 RTM will be released this way in the EU as I doubt they have time to implement a selection screen for the initial RTM as of now.

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