Friday, June 12, 2009

And the point is ... ?

Bowing to European competition rules, Microsoft Windows 7 will ship without Internet Explorer.

European buyers of Windows 7 will have to download and install a web browser for themselves.

Err, how?


'course -  the very first thing Windows Update will do is to offer the latest and greatest version of Internet Explorer.

What exactly is the point of shipping Windows 7 sans browser if just about the first thing 99% of the end users do is put the very same browser back in there?

In January 2009, Brussels reached a "preliminary view" that Microsoft was denting the chance for true competition by bundling its browser software in with its operating system.

Ah: whenever you see a situation that makes no sense look for the creepy hand of a government stirring the pot.

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