How cool is this Europe, now you get Windows 7 in Europe, without any browser. So customers have to find their own. I am sure a short download script will pop-up somewhere where you can type in the incantation. The EUs “carry all browsers” and subsidize the marketing costs for them, is under consideration by the pinheads at the EU.
Microsoft, instead, will offer Internet Explorer separately, Dave Heiner, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel said in a statement on the company’s Web site.
“This means that computer manufacturers and users will be free to install Internet Explorer on Windows 7, or not, as they prefer,” Heiner said.
Windows 7 tentatively is scheduled for release in October.
Well this stops that, or does it? Now the moochers will have to pay their own way, other browser manufacturers, and all customers will have to figure out how to get a browser on their new system. I am sure systems builders will install one, but the person that buys a retail copy may find things a little hard since ” the network is the computer” and no browser sort of stops that part of the action for most. Carry a USB drive with portable Firefox to get you going.
Who wouldn’t know how to get and install their favorite browser, if they even knew what that was? Now they are going to find out.
But, according to Ars Technica, the EU is still set on pursuing their anti-trust case with the Redmond company, despite them going out of their way to create a new SKU just for the region.
You kow, why doesn’t government just get off it. People can figure it our for themselves without governments trying to run around and protect their favorite donors and supporters.