The latest pro-Microsoft argument was neatly placed withing the company’s latest 10-Q filing with the SEC. According to the Windows-maker, the European Commission would end up forcing customers to choose a browser when installing the OS:
“While computer users and OEMs are already free to run any Web browsing software on Windows, the Commission is considering ordering Microsoft and OEMs to obligate users to choose a particular browser when setting up a new PC. Such a remedy might include a requirement that OEMs distribute multiple browsers on new Windows-based PCs. We may also be required to disable certain unspecified Internet Explorer software code if a user chooses a competing browser.”
Also, shareholders have been warned that a hefty fine might end up on Microsoft’s bill.
We’re left wondering: would it be so bad to have to choose the browser you want when installing Windows? Microsoft has been making choices for consumer since ever, it would be a nice thing to have that option left to us. Furthermore, if the user actually likes IE, he will stick to IE.
(As far as this editor is concerned, Internet Explorer is good for only one thing: get on the web and download Firefox)