WinInformant informs us that Microsoft will be intergrating Internet Explorer to the OS from now on, instead of offering it as a standalone application. Our Take: There is certainly some advantage tieing any browser to its underlying OS (a browser is a framework anyway) and developing it along with the OS, but most users already opposed this without understanding that it is cheaper and faster to have to maintain a single codeline instead of having to hack IE everytime the OS changes (e.g. any Windows GUI engine changes was creating such problems, as IE’s UI engine is all custom code and the engineers had to maintain two codelines). Same arguments people had 10 years ago: “why do we need a networking stack to come with the OS and be tied in to the kernel?” Well, today it is obvious why, back then it wasn’t for most. Sometimes, you need to see the bigger picture with the eyes of a strategist or an senior engineer.