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Is this good? – IE free Windows 7

Posted by bionicoder on June 11, 2009

Consumers in Europe probably will see IE free Windows 7 sooner or later.  Reacting to antitrust concerns expressed by European regulators.  Microsoft plans to offer a version of Window 7 in Europe that has IE removed.  This is called Windows 7 E. Micrsoft  try to appease European Commission (EC) regulators who are mulling possible remedies in the ongoing Opera-Microsoft browser-bundling case in the European Union.

Is this good? For consumers, it is not a big deal. They will see other browsers installed when they purchase new PC with preinstalled Windows 7.  OEM manufactures won’t ship new PCs without any browser.

For browser software companies, it is a chance to get more market share. That is Opera has been struggling for.

For developers, it is hard to say at this point.  Starting from Windows 95, IE has been the “must have” browser in Windows.  So many desktop application is dependent on browser library – shDocVM.dll, which is the core component of IE browser. If this were removed in Windows 7 E, then the software dependent on WebBrowser control will not work properly. That would be a nightmare for developers.

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2 Responses to “Is this good? – IE free Windows 7”

  1. paviavio said

    Can Microsoft add its browser core to runtime environment?

  2. Ken said

    I do not care Windows 7 bundle with IE. If you do not like, just install other browser.

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