Usually they start in the UK and Germany first. Then, after a year or two the EC fines them for ¤ xxx.xxx,xx , harm already done, money in M$'s pockets.
IMHO this is no more than a test to see what the EC is going to do, now that mrs. Kroes has been ‘promoted’.
I tend to advize anti-linux people to install all this goodness a.s.a.p., get a couple of hotmail addresses for storage of sensitive data, and swallow all that comes from doing so as directly related to choices made.
Let’s spend the time, energy and everything else we have on improving and extending what we have established already.
they also advertise because they MUST keep people using the ‘free’ IE
else they have a problem selling their web servers and web design
software which depends on “working with IE” to therefore lock in all
(say) bank customers to using Windows when they net bank…
That’s something that have improved enormously in my country in the last couple of years. All banks I’ve had to access support firefox on linux without a hitch. Those who didn’t made the effort to comply. Most government sites also do, with a few notable exceptions (social security comes to mind). Even a health insurance company I subscribe to, that until some months ago required windows+ie+activeX/whatever now works with firefox.
Also I’ve heard a lot of non-savvy windows users saying “nah, I use firefox, I don’t want anything to do with internet explorer, it’s full of virus…” and similar things.