Politically Expedient

Steve Jobs announcing the Microsoft partnership at Macworld 1997 and that Internet Explorer was going to be the default browser on Macs:

“Since we believe in choice we’re going to be shipping other internet browers on the macintosh and the user can, of course, change their default should they choose to.”

Wind forward to 2012 and in June, when iOS6 was announced I said that the one thing that I wanted to be able to do was to pick what I wanted as the default browser. It seems that it is no longer necessary to allow users to have such flexibility, perhaps because it isn’t tied to a cheque for $150M from Microsoft…

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