allthingsd reported last month on the latest round of the Browser Wars. In essence, Microsoft have -- yet again -- gone back on something that was considered pretty important to the EC. They settled in 2009 on an antitrust case and agreed to put a browser choice screen (BCS) onto new Windows 7 computers so that the users weren't stuck with Internet Explorer straight off the bat.
Trouble has flared up again because Microsoft "missed delivering" the BCS software in some computers. That should mean that when firing up a new machine with Windows 7 SP1, you're no longer asked which browser you want to use. Having recently bought a bunch of new PCs and laptops for our office, we got to try this out first hand yesterday. It's even worse than you might imagine: the Internet Explorer that's shipping on factory installed Windows 7 Pro SP1 from Dell, is crippled so that it cannot be used to install another web browser. The download functionality on the Firefox and Chrome websites is broken by it, with the Firefox download page not rendering properly, and the Chrome "accept and install" button not working at all.