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Out Out, Damn Spot!

Finally!  A Windows feature I can really get behind!

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?

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mornblade
Mar. 7th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
People still use IE? Do people still pay AOL?
sinetimore
Mar. 7th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
Don't forget, there are still web sites, especially in the financial sector, that use IE specific code and Firefox etc. won't render them properly. At least, supposedly they don't. At my last job, my retirement plan was with a company whose web site said, "You must have IE to view this site." I gambled. I set Konqueror to identify itself as IE, and I got in with no problems.

A few years ago, hackers discovered M$N was set to return 404 errors if the browser was anything but IE. Using the same trick I described above, they found out the site wasn't down, it was just being picky. There is some need for the old ball and chain, but it's not as extensive as we would be lead to believe.
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