Windows 7 Browser Concession

Recently, Microsoft announced that the soon to be launched Windows 7 will provide users with the option of removing Internet Explorer.  Throughout its history, Internet Explorer has always been bundled with Windows.  Although it has been possible for users to switch to other browsers such as FireFox, it has never been possible to completely remove IE from windows.

Microsoft’s decision to allow users to remove IE may well be influenced by a current antitrust lawsuit brought against them by Opera, which we blogged about last month. The allegations of the antitrust case state that exclusively bundling Internet Explorer with Windows is damaging competition from other browsers.  It is possible that the outcome of this case could see Microsoft being forced to include competing browsers such as FireFox and Chrome with windows 7.  If this were to happen, it would have a huge impact on the market share of all major browsers.

To many people, this change of heart by Microsoft looks like a pre-emptive measure: a concession to help their case in the current lawsuit.  Whether or not they will be successful in their attempts remains to be seen.

More information on this topic can be found at ZD Net.

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