Update 4:51 p.m.: I spoke with Hakom Wium Lei, chief technology officer for Opera, a browser vendor who was quoted in the FT. He said he was actually referring to Internet Explorer 8 updates that are being sent to the current Windows operating systems — a long-standing position of Opera’s — not the Windows 7 release candidate.
“There has been a little bit of a mixup. Our concern here is IE8 because IE8 comes down the pipe as a high priority update. This is forcefed to users the through Windows update system,” Lei said. “When they run that update, and when they run IE8, many will find their browser has changed.”
9:53 a.m.: Antitrust allegations popping up again. Anyone feel like Back to the Future?
The Financial Times is reporting that browser companies Mozilla and Opera are complaining that Windows 7 is tying Microsoft’s browser, Internet Explorer, to test versions of its new operating system Windows 7. Rivals say it switches the default browser to Internet Explorer even if the computer previously was set to a different default browser.
The latest test version of Windows 7 was released to the public on Tuesday. Microsoft in the FT story that the release candidate is just a test version.
The European Union is investigating whether tying Internet Explorer to Windows violates antitrust rules. This is the latest installment from late April.