It seems just like yesterday that some government was telling Microsoft that the bundling
of Internet Explorer with Windows was unbecoming of an industry leader, because it
screwed other web browsers out of market share.
Union has made a decision stating Microsoft cannot bundle Internet Explorer with
Windows anymore, if they want to sell in any European countries. This decision
was the result of Opera Software ASA, the people behind the Opera browser. The
complaints are two-fold.
Market share is nearly seized completely by IE because it comes preinstalled with
Windows, which is the dominant operating system.
Because the majority of browsers are IE, websites need to conform to IE’s html rendering
which is “non-standard”.
I’d agree with the first statement, but I find it bogus. Regardless of whether
or not IE has dominant market share, you still need a browser. How would you
get your hands on the installation files for the new browser? Certainly not
by downloading it from the internet… You can get the software from the store.
Not likely. That just means one more piece of software to worry about.
You can have the browser company mail it to you. Is Firefox a company?
Do they have offices? Seriously? WTF? Oooh, or maybe Microsoft can
have a basic version of a web browser, that all it does is go to one specific site.
The site then has a list of all available web browsers on the market, which you can
then download. I’m actually at a loss to say for once.
With regards to the second point, Internet Explorer certainly does not have a great
track record for sticking to HTML standards. But I have to say Firefox, Opera,
Safari, etc, don’t conform either. None of them conform to the HTML standards
completely. With that being said, Internet
Explorer 8 is supposed to be ACID 2 compliant, meaning it is compliant at least
as much as everyone else. In other words, it shows the face:
I’m going to keep an eye out for news from the EU, because I suspect they will overturn
the ruling in some way or another. Some people say Internet Explorer is only
to be used to download Firefox. Now that it’s not there, how the hell do you
plan on downloading Firefox, eh?