I do not support Opera and others
I am consumer in the EU and I do not support EU money taking activities out of private USA companies in order to achieve the strange goal that browser must not be part of OS. I support only the goal that the browser must adhere to web standards, if its part of the mass OS.
I expect all these must be part of modern PC and OS, and work out of the box:
1. Program to ZIP / compress files
3. File player (audio, video, pictures)
4. Browse Internet
5. Send receive e-mail
6. Copy CD, DVD or Blue-Ray (PC data disks)
7. Edit text (print the letter) and do basic spreadsheet calculations
8. Hard disk defragment and any other utilies (I do not want to know about them)
Many of them were not part of OS before and made legal processes before dying.
Now shall I write the MyCalculator program and then raise EU versus Microsoft trial so that they remove Calculator out of Windows? Also, who will compensate Citizen, for example, for lost sales of ordinary calculators?
Opera shall concentrate on writing a better program than the basic buil-in OS program, or I do not need their services. Instead, they concentrate on legal activities and that is wrong.
I do not want 10 companies responsible for the basic activities on my PC. Then nobody is responsible. Basic functionality must be part of OS and be covered by OS update/patching service, so I do not need to take care about program problems, compatibilities with service packs etc.
Windows has still too little integrations and OS is not so much usefull out of the box as Mac for example.
One stupid thing Microsoft is now doing - they removed even BASIC e-mail from Windows7 OS. Users will need to download e-mail application if they want e-mail. The support need for that will be much higher, its not clear if Windows Update will patch the separate mail program if problem appears, etc. And this will raise a logical question - if it is OK to sell OS without e-mail, why its not OK to sell OS without Internet Explorer, without calculator, defragment etc.etc.? If users will need IE or calculator, they can download them (they can for example download together browser and e-mail client). Imagine 80 y.o. windows customer downloading explorers, defragmenters and e-mail programs.
I hope MS will return e-mail back to Windows 7, its not too late and its quite simple application but many users use it and its enough for them.