J_RaD - 3:35 pm on Aug 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
A new Windows PC without a browser is a dead box, does nothing online which is where everyone wants to be, and MS is hardly going to hand over control of their OS dominance to webkit. More likely scenario would be MS opening up the kimono and attempt to destroy webkit by releasing their own browser internals.
Once they fully lose control of the browser then MS Office is the only thing holding customers to the Windows platform and Open Office is making nice inroads there as well, I'm doing my part ;)
I do pleny of things online that don't require the use of a browser.
the browser is just another tool in that list, and saying the only thing holding customers to windows is office really sounds like you've been drinking the goog chrome kool-aid in the since they think people just want to turn their computer open with nothing more then a browser.
you watch how things shake up when microsoft opens the windows app store and people begin doing desktop app dev en masse the way they people are doing iphone apps. PLUS applications that have a windows mobile versions that ties to the desktop version.
I for one am rooting for the death of clunky crappy web apps, desktops apps are a much cleaner richer experiance