M$ is promising that users of Windows 7 will have the option of ditching Internet Exploder if they want.
Wait...that doesn't sound like the M$ I know so well.
Strictly speaking, IE is removable from almost every Win version out there, you just have to jump through a couple of hoops to do it. And you're never COMPLETELY rid of it. Remember, IE is the Golden Thread of the WinOS, Windows Explorer is the exact same thing, it just explores your drives instead of the 'Net.
It probably is like on 98 and Me, where you can select "remove software" but it doesn't really do it, it just gets rid of the surface trappings. Still, this is an admission that people are using other browsers and having IE just there isn't going to preserve their market share that Firefox, Opera, and Safari are eating up.
What was that about M$ being unlikely to fail in the next five years? Care to revise that schedule?