I was browsing our company's MSDN subscriber downloads page this afternoon and noticed that MS has Internet Explorer filed in the "Operating Systems" section of the downloads tree. That's right...Microsoft puts their Internet Explorer web browser in the same category as the venerable MS-DOS, the ubiquitous Windows XP, and their newest shiny (DRM-laden) OS, Vista. Quite telling, isn't it?


For those of you that are thoroughly confused at this point, I'll refer you to two informative Wikipedia articles:

Web browser
Operating system

The short version is that a web browser is a (relatively) simple application that allows one to view and interact with web pages. An operating system, on the other hand, is an incredibly complex system that "runs" your computer. Web browsers and Operating systems *should not* be classified in the same category.

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