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Microsoft folds, offers rival browsers with Windows 7

By Matthew ยท 62 replies
Jul 24, 2009
  1. "I agree with you, but put forward that I think it's also that, more generally, the EU hates the US's being the "super power" (however silly that title is) and continues to want to take the US down, stomp on them, and become the new "super power". Couple this with how huge MS is, how predominantly important an OS is in order to make use of a computer, how they have to see "MS Windows" every time they start up their computer..."

    Sorry, but this is an utterly insane opinion. I don't even know where to start. Never mind the fact that the EU is already a larger economic block than North America, or that Microsoft has 16 European offices and around 16,000 European staff, or that the 18th century is over.
  2. Being from the EU, i'm glad Microsoft have made this decision. IE is not a 'needed' component and should be optional, or at least removable. I don't know why Americans are getting so angry for Microsoft listening to the EU, they don't have much choice as they have a massive customer base there.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    The option to remove it is acceptable. But bundling other browsers is a bit extreme, considering that it's MS's OS in the first place.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,311

    Gosh I don't know, when we find an orginization that can intimidate M$, should we cheer them, or need we fear them?

    Not that this analogy is entirely relevant, but China was able to intimidate Google, and pretty much everybody's afraid of the Chinese. Uh huh!
  5. I disagree with the title of this article "Microsoft folds, offers rival browsers with Win7". First off they are only offering a choice with what browswer to use upon installation* in EU edition anyway. To the average end user, they will probably default to IE anyway. Its not clear whether they even show what these other browsers are, or whether they'll just give option of disabling IE. No big deal. On the flip side, after the recent story about the security vulnerability with IE on XP/2000? I'm a bit satisfied, I don't want any hackers remotely connecting to my Win7.
  6. what happens when there is a major bug in one of the alternate browsers? Does Microsoft pull its software off store shelves and replace it with newly boxed software? Who is paying for that? I guess Microsoft could send the bill to the EU.

    Any noticed that since the economy world wide has gone into the toilet, how many fines the EU has handed out to software and computer companies? Almost reminds you a small town speed trap, the new EU tax system.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,311

    Pull Over Son, You're Browsing to Fast for Conditions

    Dude, I don't know if you've noticed this, but they don' even fix their own browser correctly.
    Ya know, I had a sneaky feeling that was the case,
    Actually I think it was on page 2.
  8. I don't think this is fair. Anyone can install third party browsers if they don't like the IE, even can disable or uninstall it using the windows setup.
    But nobody can disagree that javascript support in IE is the best in the world.
    There is no reason to accuse MICROSOFT for giving IE as a bundle with their OS. This is just the prove of how MEAN and ILL minded the personnels of the EUROPEAN council can be.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,311

    Of course, it's not fair, it's politics.
  10. DarkCobra

    DarkCobra TS Rookie Posts: 79

    I think Obama should invite the MS CEO and a EU Chief Executive to the White House for a beer! Burp !!!
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,311

    Windows AND the EU are bloated enough, thanks anyway....!
  12. I think it's quite fair to give the user the option to have IE as their main browser.. I think MS should remove it completely and make it an install option that way it will be one less over bloated piece of software your forced to have on your system..it will free up some resources too!!!
    Oh to the user that mentioned Chrome OS.. I really don't think that's the same now is it mate.. it's not going to have a massive share of the market as it's designed for low cpu powered netbooks and handhelds.. plus it's going to be open source which means it'll basically be free..
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,311

    Oh come on, a web browser in an intrinsic part of any modern OS, it's indispensable!. Doesn't anybody get that? If you don't like IE, just don't use it. Windows update works with IE. M$ shouldn't have to pander to other browser manufacturers to properly service their own OS update system. If you want to surf for porn, install Firefox. If you're too stupid to invest some time into learning about the machine you depend on most in the modern world, why does the EU feel it necessary to pretend they're pandering to a bunch of imbeciles, when what they really want to do is pocket billions of Euros of M$'s money.

    They should take off their fake white hat, grow a collective pair, and create a tax structure capable of dealing with a monopoly. Then, survival of the fittest will take care of the *****s who use IE to surf porn, and nobody need show any fake pity, fake compassion, and fake concern. With the law of the jungle, no lawyers are required to enforce it.

    The "touchy, feely" nature of modern society has become bizarre. Ahh, there are some people who aren't readfy for DTV. WTV, if you can hook up a VCR, you can hook up a converter box. So, in addition 5 years prior notice to get ready for the DTV conversion, we've had 30+ years of VCR technology. Now, where does, or should "poor things aren't ready" factor into this equation. Or for that matter, poor things that can't be bothered to learn about alternative browsers.

    I'm suspicious that converter box coupons were sold to buy crack. I mean I can walk out my front door and watch food stamps being sold for crack. Should we stop the world if those individuals don't know about alternative browsers either? Maybe we should fine Microsoft?
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