incrediBILL - 5:50 am on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: incrediBILL at 5:53 am (utc) on Mar 19, 2010]
Email and Office are not bundled into PCs by Microsoft. That's the choice of the vendor to add for the convenience sake of their customers.
There's been an email client bundled into Windows for years.
I should know, I worked for the previous #1 email client M$ destroyed by giving it away.
I also worked at Lotus when we had a competing office suite.
No axe to grind here ;)
Besides, MS doesn't charge for the browser either so why de-bundle the browser since it's not costing the customer anything and everyone gives browsers away?
M$ didn't steal the browser industry, Netscape gave it away with increasingly buggy and crashing software, for that M$ should be punished?
Look how many years it took for anyone else to get a quality competing product that started reclaiming marketshare and now the EU is doing it by force which isn't right either.
My point is, if you're going to stop bundling browser which is free and doesn't penalize M$ in the least, let's do the consumers a REAL favor by showing them other options and maybe stem the tide of Office revenue which would actually teach them a lesson about their aggressive behavior toward other companies.
I have no idea why they had to wait for Microsoft to release that "switch browser" idea. If they wanted Opera, couldn't they use it even before Microsoft asked that?
Unless you're a nerd or a software geek you probably wouldn't know what Opera is except bad foreign shrieking music that invokes instant narcoleptic-like sleep.
My daughter didn't know what Open Office was until I told her, it's that spreading the word thing.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 5:53 am (utc) on Mar 19, 2010]