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    Windows 7 WILL now be shipped with Internet browsers.

    From Engadget:

    It looks like Redmond is backing slowly away from its previous IE-or-else stance on Windows 7 for European markets. According to an article just published, the OS giant has apparently caved to pressure from the European Commission over "monopoly abuse" (practices which essentially force users into Internet Explorer as their main browser).

    The last we'd heard on this story, the company was considering shipping the new operating system without a browser altogether, but it looks like those plans have changed. Microsoft has relented and will now offer consumers a "ballot screen" on first boot, allowing purchasers to make their own (we're hoping informed) decision about which window into the web they'll be looking through.

    Additionally, while Windows 7 will still include an install of IE, users will have the option to disable it, and computer-makers will also be allowed to pre-load any browser they see fit for their systems. We're glad that Microsoft is taking the inclusive approach here, though there are lots of good arguments against the EC's actions.

    We don't see Apple getting the same heat for Safari, though Apple doesn't currently hold the lion's share of the market. At the end of the day, we're personally just happy to not be using IE -- no matter how you slice it.

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    widnows?

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    grex9101;5841853

    widnows?


    oops, fixed.

    love the way they talk about Apple and safari, when Itunes gets away with it with Ipod but thats aloud lol

    Chuckles1001;5842600

    love the way they talk about Apple and safari, when Itunes gets away with … love the way they talk about Apple and safari, when Itunes gets away with it with Ipod but thats aloud lol



    good point but don't think we are at the same level of monopoly at all
    the ipod really doesn't hold 95% of the mp3 player market despite what apple would like you to believe

    Banned

    so we can get the download upgrades now then for half the price of the retail versions?

    if this is correct then what a scam by microsoft with this pre release discount malarkey

    maddogb;5844947

    good point but don't think we are at the same level of monopoly at all … good point but don't think we are at the same level of monopoly at all the ipod really doesn't hold 95% of the mp3 player market despite what apple would like you to believe



    I dont know about that, jsut had a quick look and looks like windows has under 90% market share and Ipod has over 87% market share

    I think its disgusting cos windows is not the most friendly software in the world in regard to using other software, but you can do it if you like, by going to "OPERA" or "FIREFOX" websites and downloading it, where as the IPOD you cant you have to use there software unless you hack it in which is not good.

    The European govenment are narrowminded, incompetent Baffons who just like to sit on the gravy train and things things difficult for everyone.

    I would like to add I use Linux & WIndows and have had about 5 different MP3 players not one ebing a Ipod as I dont think i should have to hack it to do anything with it, or be forced into buying music from them without being able buy it from anywhere else too.
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