PCGH Retro: Windows without Internet Explorer - Firefox cracks 10 million
Once again PCGH takes a look at the short but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happened on December 11?
...1997: Microsoft utilizes the position as market lead in operating systems to squeeze competitor Netscape out of the web browser market - that is the accusation in the ongoing anti-trust lawsuit. On this December 11 judge Jack Thompson enacts that Microsoft has to offer a version of Windows 95 without the Internet Explorer. The company protests: It would be impossible to remove the IE from the system; Windows wouldn't boot anymore if this essential part would be removed explained Microsoft's Vice President Brad Chase to the court. That this was incorrect was proved only a short time later when programs surfaced on the web that removed the browser residue-free.
...2000: Sis announces the motherboard chipsets 635 (Intel) and 735 (AMD) as well as the graphics chip 315. The latter one has a T&L unit and DDR RAM, but stands without a chance against the competitors Ati and Nvidia.