Stop the shops supporting Micro$oft
If you ever go to PC shops or look at ads in magazines you'll
see that nearly every PC comes complete with a copy of Windows 95 and most
retailers don't offer any choice in the matter and most that do the only
other choice is Windows 3.11 and MS-DOS. Although retailers could still
offer Windows 95 they should offer other non-Microsoft products as an alternative,
with highly trained non-biased staff on hand to offer advice. This is very
unlikely to happen unless pressure is put on retailers and PC manufacturers
to stand up and offer choice some people might still want Microsoft products
but if people were able to choose at purchase what operating system they
wanted there would be a lot more people using better non Microsoft operating
systems and, as Microsoft sales go down, Microsoft may put some effort
into fixing numerous bugs in their products as they realise people will
not put up with their crap anymore.
What to do....
If you're buying a new PC insist that you don't want
Windows 95 installed. If they can't install a suitable non Microsoft operating
system ask for the cost of Windows 95 to be deducted from the cost
of the PC. Tell the shop why you don't want Windows 95 and tell them to
offer more choice.
Even if you're not buying a new PC write to computer
retailers and computer manufacturers who only offer Windows and tell them
to offer more choice - unless Microsoft is forcing them to only offer Windows
they have nothing to lose by offering more choice.
Support retailers that already offer a choice in operating
systems explain why you chose them ahead of the rest.
If enough people put pressure on companies to offer more
choice and it proves to be successful there will be many advantages:
Just remember we expect choice with other products so there
should be no difference in the computing industry.
As use of other operating systems increases more software
companies will start making software for these operating systems.
Microsoft's aim in driving its opponents out of business
will be dealt a severe blow. Microsoft will be forced to improve its products.
Hopefully some retailers will invest in some staff training
so they can advise the customers accordingly.
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Why IE ISP's??
Why do so many Internet Service Providers give away Microsoft
Internet Explorer to new customers and class it as an advantage? Internet
Explorer is free to everyone and we all know why. It is to put Netscape
and other rivals out of business so when they are bankrupt Microsoft can
start charging for their web browsers which will probably cost a lot more
than Netscape currently do. ISP's that give away a copy of Internet Explorer
are basically helping Microsoft towards their aim they fail to see that
saving money by giving away something free will probably cost them in the
long term when they are forced to give away Internet Explorer and pay for
it because there is nothing else. Go to my antiInternetExplorer
page to find out more about what I think.
What Can I do?
If your ISP supports Microsoft Internet Explorer email
them and tell them why they shouldn't (use some info in this WebSite for
If you're currently using Microsoft Internet Explorer
download another web browser. I recommend Netscape
Navigator 3 or above. Stop using Internet Explorer as some web servers
can record what browser you are using for statistical purposes. You don't
want webmasters getting the wrong idea and thinking Internet Explorer is
popular now would you?
If you're considering changing ISP only go to ones that
don't support Internet Explorer. Tell your new ISP that one of your reasons
for choosing them was that they don't support Microsoft Internet Explorer.
If your ISP doesn't offer much support for non Windows
operating systems you can email them about that too.
If more ISP's include non Microsoft web browsers with their
subscriptions you will have the advantage of having a decent web browser
and be happy in the knowledge that you've dealt another blow to Microsoft's
domination techniques. You may be worrying that if ISP's include a web
browser such as Netscape their prices will be much higher. Some ISP's that
include Netscape in their price are cheaper than some ISP's that give away
Internet Explorer and have also compared favourably on other matters (free
web space, email, etc.) So if an ISP says that to include a decent browser
would mean massive price increases change to another one to prove them
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