What a W7 mess for Europe(23 posts)
I don't think that this is a problem. I kind of like the way that Microsoft has unbundled the applications that are now part of the Windows Live suite -- Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, etc. Now IE8, in a way, is unbundled as well. You can choose your browser and anyone who is, for example, a die-hard Firefox-only user can uninstall IE if they never plan to use it.
The only problems is if you get a new computer with Windows 7 E, which browser do you use to download the browser of your choice? :-)
@The Geek, because Apple doesn't wield monopoly power in the marketplace and Microsoft (sort-of) does.
I thought that when you buy a Mac it's understood that you are getting a proprietary, closed system with Apple-only software tying. At least until they started making the Wintel Macs. OK, honestly I don't know spit about Macs. :O
The mess is the suggestion that they need to ship an initial browser on a CD. That is ridiculous. I think they should have allowed at least a rudimentary browser with the initial W7 shipment so that one can get started.
whs, isn't that a mess that the EU brought on itself? They sued Microsoft for bundling (tying) the Internet Explorer browser with sales of Windows. MS has removed the offending browser that caused the tying. If MS had included even a rudimentary browser, they could face more litigation from the EU.
File this under "be careful what you wish for"!
ScottW, you are absolutely right - but I did not wish for that. There are things that make sense and those that do not make sense. And this is carrying the legalities too far because it makes it inconvenient for the consumer. I think it was the Mozilla people that started that mess (not the EU by themselves) and they were then joined by others.
Matt, are you aware that MS has been repeatedly fined by the EU for a grand total of 2.5 *Billion* USD? It's a wonder that they even do business in the EU. How many copies of Windows 7 will they need to sell to make up for a loss of $2,500,000,000 ? :O
Scott, yes I´m aware of of that!! BUT... do you really think MS want to loose any more on the market concerning browsers? Ofcourse not, they have been loosing ground year after year when it comes to FF. Putting an OS out without a browser is just begging for a loss. The main marketing strategy for MS at the moment is the net, it´s what they need, be it with cloud computing, online apps and so on. The only way they can advertise properly (should I say daily) is with their own browser, which needs to be worldwide.
I propose a new plan for Europe that I call Windows 7 MOSAIC edition. This edition of Windows 7 will come with all of the available browsers pre-installed. MOSAIC stands for:
All the rest
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