So Who's Switching? (3/1/98)

While the Redmond Justice case has been quiet lately, we just had to mention the number of Wintel manufacturers that have taken advantage of their new option of shipping Windows 95 without Internet Explorer preinstalled: zero. As in zip, zilch, nada, big ol' goose egg. Computer Reseller News has more details.

According to the article, manufacturers are sticking with MSIE because they feel it has a "fuller feature set" than the alternative, namely Netscape Navigator. In fact, Packard Bell has switched from installing both Netscape and MSIE on their systems, to shipping MSIE exclusively. And AST says that from a sales perspective, it doesn't matter which browser they install, because customers aren't asking for one over the other. So why not install the one that comes with Windows 95, since it's just one fewer thing to worry about?

Which all begs the question we raised months ago, when the case first broke: Given that it's obviously in the best interests of Wintel manufacturers to ship their Windows 95 systems with Internet Explorer preloaded, why did Microsoft raise such a ruckus about letting their licensees have the choice? Ah, well, it sure was entertaining, hmmm?

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The above scene was taken from the 3/1/98 episode:

March 1, 1998: More tales of Steve Jobs' legendary "difficult personality" shed some light onto Apple's troublesome CEO search. Meanwhile, despite Microsoft's eventual agreement to allow its licensees to ship Windows systems sans IE, no one's actually taking them up on the offer, and CompUSA's Sunday circular shows a baby step in the right direction...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 495: Of Godhood and Madness (3/1/98)   Thanks to MacNN, we happened across a fascinating account of one person's brush with Steve Jobs. The article is titled, appropriately enough, "Nine Minutes with God," and it doesn't paint a terribly flattering portrait of Apple's interim CEO...

  • 497: The Ads Begin (3/1/98)   If you haven't been living in a cave for the last couple of months, you know that Apple's pulled out of all national retail chains except for CompUSA, which has, unfortunately, been doing a rather halfhearted job of advertising its Apple computers...

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