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9 March, 2009

Competition still required

The idea of making Windows 7 modular, so users can uninstall (or at least disable) ancillary features like Media Player or Internet Explorer, is an excellent one, but only as a starting point.

A far better model would be to offer them as optional extras, available on the OEM-provided system disc but not pre-installed. If, say, Internet Explorer is already on a user's desktop, inertia alone would dissuade him/her from trying Firefox; if a computer arrived with no music player at all, the user would have a more genuine choice whether to install Media Player, iTunes, or whatever.

Comments

Yeah, but how is the user going to download Firefox without having IE installed?! all gets a bit chicken/egg...


Posted by JonP at March 9, 2009 08:13 PM

Aye, that slight problem did occur to me. ;)
An alternative could be for Firefox (or just a standalone Fx download/installation utility?) to be pre-installed alongside IE, but somehow I don't see an OEM doing that.

Posted by NRT at March 9, 2009 11:55 PM
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