mack - 11:43 am on Dec 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
My personal view is that Ms did the right thing bundling IE as part of Windows. If it doesn't have a browser, as a web browsing tool it is crippled. Expecting any company to ship software including apps by a competitor is just madness.
Why do we stop at IE? What about Outlook, media player, Word even notepad if we want to go down that route. Browsers is just one area where the competition cried fowl.
Currently MS does seem less relevant than it used to because we have a wider range of options. Everything from OS (Mac, Linux) to form factors (tablets)
I think MS became less relevant when they stopped being a leader and started following the pack. How many of you remember Bill Gates being interviewed and saying "Tables are the future"? He was right, but MS did nothing about it.
Ms are now in a position where they need to catch up. The market has changed, yet as a company MS still wants us to be sitting behind a desktop. For business this is still the case, but for consumers a handheld with 90% of the features will do.