According to the BBC, Opera have filed a complaint about Microsoft to the European Commission about the fact that Internet Explorer is still bundled with Windows. From the article:
Opera Software said the close ties between Internet Explorer (IE) and Windows made it hard for rivals to be a serious choice for web users.
This sounds fair enough, and I agree that users should be given the opportunity to make a choice about what they use (Firefox ftw) but where do we draw the line? When Windows comes with Firefox, Opera, Safari, Flock, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, Netscape, AOL’s browser, Avant and Maxthon? Who benefits from that list — not the user, because they sure as hell aren’t going to try each one to see which suits best. And what about any I’ve missed, who are they going to complain to if their browser doesn’t get included?
Of course, we could cut out the browser from Windows altogether, but then how would users be able to download a new browser if they haven’t got a browser to download with in the first place? How much of a pain in the ass would it be to buy a new PC, then discover you have to go out to your local computer shop just to get a disk with some browsing software on?
I think Opera need to spend less time chasing a goal that will be nigh-on impossible to score and more time educating the user on why they should be picking a new browser in the first place.
And now back to my ham and egg bap….