Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Aug 2009 16:23 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Mozilla & Gecko clones Remember the very detailed proposal Microsoft submitted to the European Commission not too long ago about the browser ballot? This was quite the detailed proposal, covering just about every possible aspect of such a ballot screen. Responses were positive from within the EC, but now it seems that according to the Mozilla Foundation, the proposal is not good enough.
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Comment by Sabon
by Sabon on Wed 19th Aug 2009 21:37 UTC
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"Furthermore, Mozilla is worried about other Microsoft products containing hardcoded links to Internet Explorer. The proposal does state that no other Microsoft products will contain links to download Internet Explorer; I guess only time will tell how that pans out. The proposal does indeed state that the Trident rendering engine will remain to be part of Windows, even after uninstalling Internet Explorer, to accommodate applications that are hardcoded to Trident."

This to me is what everything should all be about. If you wanted to, and you did totally remote IE, would anything break? If yes, the UE should go about Microsoft for it.

All calls to any browser should be sent to whatever is the default browser which is not necessarily IE.

I don't use Windows so this doesn't affect me (I use several others, soon to be using Haiku too). But Microsoft's tying things to IE and Active-X is part of what has always driven me away from Microsoft.

Clarification. IE is only a symptom of the problem called Microsoft. IE is just one of the fishes in barrel. It is far from the only fish in the barrel.

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