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When Windows 7 ships without IE8 will it be good news for free software browsers

Jul 08, 2009, 21:02 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Cartwright)

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"How much will actually change?
Microsoft have admitted that OEMs will be able to install a browser of their choice before shipping the PC. In practice this is likely to mean very few PCs will not end up with IE on them as I’d imagine Microsoft are banking on the fact that most OEMs will install IE8 anyway. They’ll probably claim that it’s what their customers demand. That’s one of those oft-made claims along the lines of “everybody does it” where the claimant has not actually asked even a subset of the amount of people they refer to. In addition if you consider Microsoft’s relationship with OEMs, it’s not a huge jump to guess that some kind of financial pressure could be placed upon the OEM to ensure they deliver with IE anyway."

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