Microsoft really knows how to get its way marketing it’s stuff without having to shell a penny, and getting publicity good or bad (they say “any publicity is good publicity” right?). The latest example of this can be experienced when you decide to use the Release Candidate (RC) version of Windows 7. Click on the Express option when installing it, and you would know what I am talking about.
This of course has led to a furry of complaints from Mozilla and Opera, that are throwing a fit (rightfully so) about what Microsoft is trying to do here. Of course choosing the Custom Install will let you have full control of what browser you are using, the Express one (which is what most of us select) will get you down to Internet Explorer (point blank)!
To its defence, Microsoft says that RC is just a test release, free for a year, to enjoy for some, but definitely not for wide use. Mozilla’s Chairman Mitchell Baker though has a differen thing to say. She says that their initial review suggests this is a blatant use of the Windows operating system to change the market dynamics of browser usage.
Come June 3rd, and some mighty decisions might get taken in Brussels, when the European Union will decide whether Microsoft’s practices are hurting alternative browsers. Ouch! Well, let’s hope something good comes out of this, and it is not just a debate that fizzles out of time, leaving us users wondering what really happened.