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Analysis: With Antitrust Decree Gone, Microsoft Again Tying Browser Tightly To Windows

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For more than a decade, Microsoft lived under constraints of a consent decree with the U.S. government that, essentially, led the company to allow for “unbundling” of its Web browsing software from its flagship Windows operating system.

The final remnants of that decree lapsed earlier this year, and now Microsoft is wasting little time in returning to its past strategy: A pre-release version of Windows 8 shows an OS that is deeply intertwined with Internet Explorer 10, with it impossible to uninstall the browser from the OS at this point in Microsoft’s development process.

...before we turned off IE 10, we changed the default privacy setting from allowing some cookies to completely blocking all cookies. We then turned the browser off, rebooted, and IE 10 appeared to have completely disappeared from the PC. But when we went back into the settings, turned IE 10 back on, and rebooted again, the browser was back -- but with our customized settings, not the default. That would appear to indicate that Microsoft doesn’t really remove the browser entirely, but rather just hides it – with customized settings and all.

Asked whether it is possible to uninstall IE 10 from Windows 8, a Microsoft spokeswoman referred to previously published information from the company on IE 10 and Windows 8, in addition to the company’s official blog for IE. None appear to provide information on how to completely uninstall IE 10.

“We have nothing more to share about IE10 at this time beyond what in the guides and the IE Blog,” the spokeswoman said via e-mail.
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I've never seen a need to remove IE from any pc ever. I just install chrome and get on with life...
 
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You can't totally remove IE from ANY version of Windows since windows 95.

The core components were always still there to render the help viewer, windows explorer, etc.
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The issue was that you couldnt use another browser effectively cause IE fought so hard against it. So Netscape users couldnt use it.
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I have it uninstalled on my computer...
It's possible to remove this stuff you just have to do it post-boot.

I love the clean look of having NOTHING but the things i've installed or are essential to the core OS.
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You could always use nLite/RTLite to take it out of the installation couldn't you?
    
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Internet explorer is an awsome browser... For downloading other browsers, i like chrome due to it being able to sync all my saved passwords and favorites across multiple computers.


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I've never seen a need to remove IE from any pc ever. I just install chrome and get on with life...
This.
     
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Yeah, I don't see how this is that bad. I never remove IE anyways.

Like Furball said, the problem was that it fought against Netscape so hard it was unusable, thus giving them a 'monopoly' on internet browsers.

As long as it doesn't interfere with other browsers, there is no problem here.
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This only seems to be an issue when Microsoft is involved. Can you remove the stock Android browser from most phones(without root)? Can you remove mobile safari from an iPhone or ipad? Can you remove safari from OSX?
    
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