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I don't get it. Is this simply an add-in that allows people to select default browser like default search, with IE really running in the background?
From my understanding, no.
This is a legally mandated move after those huge anti-trust suits against Microsoft. Basically, their including IE with Windows was judged to be a violation of anti-trust laws and this is their move to mitigate that effect.
Basically, everyone will be offered a choice of the various browsers to install either on first install (I think this is built into Windows 7 EU) or through the Windows Update process. The other browsers offered won't be installed at all (although there is nothing stopping you manually installing them). I know that Windows 7 is built such that you don't need IE at all for it to work (as part of the legal mandate) but earlier versions will probably still have some traces of IE installed, just without the browser itself being there.
Intel makes no sense. I was watching a video this morning of a benchmark on one of the new nVidia 400 series cards and noticed this giant plug for Intel. Why? Oh yeah.. because AMD/ATI...yeah (/facepalm of epic disappointment.... whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?!?!?!?!?!?) It's funny... when it comes to building machines I've always been a total fangirl of both nVidia/AMD combos. Just a habit I guess... That and sinking too much into Intel/ATI which turned out to be a total disappointment in the end (damn college LAN party benchmark pissing contests...)
Edit: Contests aside, the FireGL I had at the time couldn't out-render a damn FX 5200 in Maya. /shame
On a side note, in the era of 5XXX series cards, ATI did have an edge in price and pixel shading with DX9... which was around the time Half-Life 2 was released... I'll give them that. I find the correlation between varying eras of graphics technology and the fact that the Mac will just now be getting HL2 highly amusing. ...I wonder if this will eventually force Apple to break hardware propriety.
There's actually been some bad blood between Intel and nVidia, in a large part due to the IGP wars. The ION platform ended up being pretty costly because Intel charged more for an Atom CPU alone than it did for the CPU/Chipset combo.
They're starting to play a little more friendly again, mainly because nVidia has decided to bail on chipset production for the most part. As GPU moves on-package and subsequently on-die for both Intel and AMD, there's little need for a "chipset" in the traditional sense anyway. Hot-switchable dedicated graphics in laptops is the next big thing, and nVidia is already all over it!