Why it's a bad idea to make a browser part of the OS

There’s a post on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer blog describing the ridiculous series of steps IE users may have to go through if they decide they want to downgrade IE after installing Windows XP Service Pack 3. The logic works something like this:

This, children, is why browsers should be standalone applications rather than part of an operating system. There’s probably also a lesson here about how you shouldn’t use a browser made by people who still think <font> tags are a pretty neat idea.