Opera CEO von Tetzchner: Microsoft’s IE8 ‘turn-off’ is not enough

If the Windows 7 producer is truly interested in playing fairly, states the founder of browser maker Opera Software, it needs to present users with a clearer choice.

By Scott M. Fulton, III | Published March 9, 2009, 4:25 PM

Over the weekend, Microsoft revealed that in its latest private beta build of Windows 7, it will allow users to uninstall the Internet Explorer 8 Web browser front end — a choice it has never offered to consumers since version 3.0. The fact that since 1996, the presence of IE in Windows was elevated to such an extent that users could not completely uninstall it, nor could they ever entirely avoid it, has been credited by many as the real reason for Microsoft being perceived as having won the browser war against Netscape.


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