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July 24th, 2000

The IE Virus

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with MS. I think that Windows is better than Mac OS in some ways (I don’t want to start a holy war here), but I also know that they’re a monopoly. Throwing that entirely out the window, I bought Microsoft Money this weekend because, well, I hate Quicken.

Money’s second dialogue box told me that the version of IE I had on the system was "old" and needed to be upgraded. I’ve been running the 128-bit code strength version of 5.01 for months. I tried to cancel IE installation, but couldn’t. Tried it again, couldn’t.So I bit the bullet and agreed. Restarted the machine after the installation and here’s what was installed:

Microsoft Money
Internet Explorer 5.00
Outlook Express
Microsoft Chat
Address Book
Media Player

…for a money management program. I promptly chopped out everything but IE5. I lost a few of my history items, but the browser seemed okay. Even better is that the install went ahead and made Outlook Express my default mail program without my permission!

Why does Money install IE? Well, it does connect extensively to your bank’s sites, but there’s an option right in the program to use Netscape/ Opera/ whatever.

This type of tactic just disgusts me. -pm

Posted in Technology

FROM: Tony
DATE: Monday July 24, 2000 -- 9:34:40AM
I had a similar problem, I brought the Office 97 cd back from work the other day, and installed it, and it felt the need to install MSIE 4.0! Over my IE 5.5 that shipped with my machine. It also felt it was good to install OE 4.0 over OE 5.5 and delte my address book, all of my messages, and all of my settings. grrrrr.... microsoft makes me wanna punch someone sometimes...

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Monday July 24, 2000 -- 2:57:17PM

An modularity was one of the most highly-touted features of COM when Microsoft rolled it out years ago. One of their selling points was that web browsing (as in IE) is encapsulated in a HTML viewer component. They advertised how 3rd party developers could add web/HTML viewing to any application just by leveraging the HTML viewer component that Microsoft was so generous to distribute for free with IE (i.e. it's part of IE).

So, why can't they eat their own dog food? Presumably MS Money could just check the registry to see if the HTML viewer component is already installed (it most likely is) and just use it. Why should you have to install, upgrade, or perhaps downgrade, IE to use some other Microsoft application?

They used to play the same tricks with their development environment too. I remember when DevStudio97 came out, you had to install IE 4 as part of the DevStudio97 installation.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:37:49 pm

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