You might have read about IE 8 going RC 1 recently. What else is also interesting is the EU’s potential decision to force Microsoft to ship another browser with Windows 7. If we look at this in the big scheme of things I think it’s a step backwards – and no it’s not because I’m a Microsoft advocate…
What is the first thing most IT people do when they get a new machine?
To get rid of any extra bits of software that might be installed – a.k.a. bloatware.
Was it Microsoft’s original intentions to include IE components as part of the OS?
When you take programming classes, what’s the first thing you’re taught?
Reuse code when possible.
Hmm, logic clearly states then that is why IE is part of the OS – not because they’re trying to gain an unfair advantage on Firefox. If people want to use Firefox, they’re going to, but is shipping it as part of the OS going to change things? No, so why doesn’t the EU focus on more pressing issues, like the economy, language barriers, new member states, etc…
What’s next EU? If I install Office 2007 are you going to require Microsoft to ship Open Office on the same DVD and install Java components as part of the install too?