Re: Hold on
"Didn't the EU try to get them to remove IE but their defense was it was part of Explorer and therefore integral to the OS?"
Yes. They integrated IE with the OS to prevent people from removing it in favour of Netscape.
This had the handy side effect of making any security flaw in IE a security flaw in the OS, and media files and players integrated with IE made a flaw in the media player a flaw in the OS.
Great work, because it let them crush Netscape... and we have been paying for that ever since.