I know this is a bit old news but the latest TechNet UK newsletter asked us to give us our opinions on the nonsense of removing a web browser from an operating system
You can let them know your opinion by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I attached my email below
“I am writing in response to your request of feedback on removing IE8 from Windows 7 in Europe.
I am mostly concerned on the confusion this has given us Europeans on how to physically upgrade PCs. All this move seems to have done is create negative press for Microsoft on an otherwise great response to Windows 7.
I was surprised to read the following on the BBC News report
A Commission spokesman dismissed Microsoft’s claim that it was taking the action to comply with European laws.
"The essential point of our case is consumer choice," said the spokesman.
"We would want to look extremely closely at the terms under which Microsoft is making Internet Explorer available to computer manufacturers," he said.
"If the effect of the technical separation of Windows and Internet Explorer is neutralised by particular terms and conditions they offer to manufacturers to install Internet Explorer, they’re no better off."
The preferred remedy for Europe, he said, was to offer users a screen when they first switch on Windows 7 that gives them a choice between IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera.
"For them to claim that this is somehow imposed by the Commission or is going to resolve the problem with the Commission is far from clear," he said.
"It’s certainly not because we’ve asked them to do it."
So it seems this is well and truly a case of Microsoft vs. Microsoft and all of this confusion/negativity was caused for no reason.
I can ultimately see this as turning into much ado about nothing and eventually having the fabled "Ballot" screen and IE8 at least present, allowing smooth upgrades.
With the RTM of 7 imminent it is something that needs to get sorted very quickly”
It doesn’t make any sense to me. They could argue that they should also remove NotePad, WordPad, Calculator, MSPaint even Solitaire.
As far as I’m concerned an OS is the software that interacts with the hardware to make a computer work. A computer without internet browsing built in is therefore unable to work as a modern-day computer
Thankfully (and as predicted) Microsoft have scrapped this idea in favour of the Ballot screen. After the EU approve the screen (hopefully a chromeless mini silverlight app LOL) it will not only be present in Windows 7 but also made available by Windows Update for Vista and XP, now that is a turnip for the books.
Microsoft Proposal to European Commission