WEB BROWSER outfit Opera, which sparked an EU antitrust investigation into Microsoft's business practices in Europe, remains dissatisfied with its rival's move to unbundle Internet Exploder 8 from Windows 7.
According to Computerworld, Opera said that Microsoft's moves to strip IE8 from Windows 7 to create the "E" editions for the European market were not enough.
The Vole has said that the only functional difference is that the Internet Explorer 8 component is not available. Users can turn off IE8 in the 'Turn Windows features on and off' control panel in the Windows 7 RC build. All other parts of IE8 will remain in the E editions "since they are part of the Windows core."
Hakon Wium Lie, Opera's chief technology officer, said that the move was just a minor tweak and did nothing to protect it from Microsoft's monopolistic antics, since it would not restore browser competition on the desktop.
Opera has previously said that Microsoft's decision to unbundle IE8 from Windows 7 is not good enough. At the time the move was announced Lie was skeptical, even though it was unclear then exactly what part of the browser would be removed.
His beef is that Internet Exploder's rendering engine will remain and Windows Update could simply put the web browser back into the operating system.
"You could wake up in the morning and see all of IE8 there again," he whinged. µ
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