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Microsoft plans Windows 7 versions without IE 8

Mike Davis | June 19, 2009
With the decoupling of Windows 7 and IE it is actually adding a barrier to the adoption of Firefox, Safari or even Opera, because all are currently downloaded through an existing browser (normally IE)

Which order are the optional browsers displayed in? Expect a renaming of browsers to Aardvark etc.

Who chooses which browsers to include? If based upon existing market presence, this will kill off any fledgling offerings.

The EC is fighting the wrong battle here

The lesson from the Windows XP N fiasco and the removal of WMP was that the products people want to use will win out. The ECs actions did not diminish WMP use, rather the market moved on from standalone media players, with notably Adobes Media player and Apples iTunes giving website-based alternatives.

There is some speculation that Windows 7 will be Microsofts last desktop operating system, and thus the issue of bundling or not could effectively be irrelevant by the time a Microsoft appeal on any ruling is concluded.

The EC would be much better positioned devoting its resources to ensuring that websites offering goods, services and information to EU citizens are compliant with the web accessibility standards of the W3C standards that ironically also favour Firefox and Opera.

Mike is a senior analyst with Ovum, covering the breadth of information management technologies, with a particular focus on information discovery and access.

 

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