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Europeans Have Choice of Languages, Food and Browsers

Microsoft gave in to the relentless demands of European Union (EU) authorities and will no longer strong-arm customers in using IE. Under a recent settlement, Microsoft will let users pick from a menu of nearly a dozen browsers that can be installed when setting up a new machine.

The decision formally does away with an approach as old as Windows 95, when Microsoft argued that the browser was an intrinsic part of the OS and just as critical as the file system. That's now history -- except for the fact that it doesn't take a rocket scientist but a highly skilled IT pro to de-install the bulk of IE from Windows.

What's your browser of choice and why? Votes welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/16/2009 at 1:17 PM


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