Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Browser Choice

There's been a lot of buzz recently about choice in browsers. People seem to come down hard on Microsoft for packaging Internet Explorer with Windows, and I really don't see why. Here's an article describing how Windows 7 will be sold in Europe without a browser:

I don't agree with this at all. Microsoft has every right to bundle IE with Windows, whatever your opinion of IE may be. Just as they can bundle Paint, Notepad, and anything else they want to give away. They spend millions on the engineering of Internet Explorer, and if they want to hand it out with the OS, more power to them. Actually, if they want to throw in Word and Excel too, I'd be happy as a clam.

Honda isn't legally forced to give you the option of a Chevy radio. They give you their standard sound system and if you want to swap it out for something else, that's your choice.

Now, would I suggest using Internet Explorer as your default browser? Absolutely not. Just as I would not use a factory sound system in a car. The reasons are many and range from safety to taste. If you're happy with IE and you keep up on all your Windows security updates, then knock yourself out and use it.

The problem is, people don't know there are options in browsers. If they do, they don't know why there are options, and what those options are. I think Google did a great job of putting together a website to help explain what browsers are and what the popular options are:

It appears to be informative and lacking any bias to Google's own browser (Chrome).

So, Microsoft, feel free to package any free software you want with your operating system, and I'll go ahead and replace anything that sucks on my own.

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