Microsoft will ship Vista service pack, er, ‘Windows 7’ in Europe without Internet Explorer

“Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software maker, will ship the new Windows 7 operating system in the European Union without the Internet Explorer browser, aiming to quell antitrust concerns,” Dina Bass reports for Bloomberg.

MacDailyNews Take: Thereby giving them a handy excuse for continuing to hemorrhage market share to Firefox and Safari. And, Windows 7 not at all “new.” It’s a Vista service pack renamed to fool the ignoramuses like those featured in Microsoft’s TV commercials.

Bass continues, “All versions of the software sold in the region will lack the browser, which has been the subject of a European Commission antitrust case, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said today. Windows 7 goes on sale Oct. 22.”

Bass reports, “Windows runs about 95 percent of the world’s personal computers, raising concerns that any software bundled with the operating system will have an unfair advantage.”

MacDailyNews Take: Windows does not run “about 95 percent of the world’s personal computers.” Of course, we guess that depend on what your definition of “about” is, but since in her very next sentence, Bass declines to regurgitate a common fallacy and instead use actual recent data from Net Applications, we will, too: In May 2009, Windows had 87.75% share (down from 95% in August 2006) and Mac had 9.81% share (up from 4.34% in August 2006). BTW, In May 2009, Linux clocked in at 0.99% with iPhone OS hot on its heels at 0.75%.

Bass continues, “Internet Explorer had 66 percent of the market in May, according to Net Applications, a research firm in Aliso Viejo, California. Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox had 23 percent, while Apple Inc.’s Safari had 8.4 percent. Internet Explorer’s market share was once more than 95 percent.”

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