Microsoft to sell Windows 7 without IE in Europe

I was laughing when I heard the new. Microsoft to sell Windows 7 without Internet Explorer in Europe. This is most likely in response to the 2007 Anti-trust complaint that Microsoft was using its market dominance in bundling IE into the Windows operating system.
Somehow I feel that Microsoft is trying to play punk with EU now. How can an Operating System come without an internet browser? The biggest question I have now is, then how do they download Firefox or Chrome without IE?
Most likely Internet Explorer will come in another CD when you buy Windows 7 in Europe. Or there will be a way for you to download IE when you are connected to the internet. But doesn’t that brings everything back to square one? I doubt Microsoft will put in options for users to download their competitors product. It’s like buying Hotcakes meal from McDonalds and requesting they change the coffee to a Starbucks Mocha.
Face it, an internet browser is an important part of an operating system. Some might even call an internet browser an operating system. By removing IE from Windows 7, you are only making things difficult for consumers. Maybe PC makers will bundle IE, Firefox or Chrome in their computers. But what about users who upgrade from Windows XP/Vista?
I don’t know about you guys, but I feel that all these anti-trust law is starting to go overboard. What is wrong with Microsoft bundling software with the Operating System? Bundling software to operating system benefits consumers.
So can a calculator software maker ask EU to make Microsoft to remove calculator from Windows? How about Notepad? Paint? Heck, if someone decided to write a file explorer for windows, can he ask EU to make Microsoft remove Windows Explorer from windows? Then might as well ask Microsoft to reduce Windows to bare bones which can only execute programs.
And so what if the IE is bundled with Windows 7? Instead of complaining, the other internet browser makers should look into ways to make their application more attractive and market them to the masses. Microsoft does have an advantage over the rest. But is that an unfair advantage? I don’t think so. Its still a fair game for everyone. If your browser is good, people will switch over. Work on your product and marketing.
This blog entry is written using Chrome running on Windows XP which was preloaded with IE.

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