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Windows 7 to ship in Europe without browser

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Thu June 11, 2009

Win 7 in EU wo Browser

Windows 7 will ship to Europe without a copy of Internet Explorer, a leak has revealed this afternoon. Since confirmed by Microsoft, text obtained by CNET shows that PC builders will have to include a browser themselves, including Microsoft's, and will have the option of installing more than one. The new version should be titled Windows 7 E and would ship both to all EU countries as well as Croatia and Switzerland.

For those who want to download Internet Explorer 8 afterwards on systems without web browsers, Microsoft plans to offer it both on CDs in stores as well as through FTP transfers.

The move is a direct reaction to accusations by the EU's European Commission that it was abusing its control of the OS market by requiring that Internet Explorer come pre-installed, even if previous rulings in the US have required that Microsoft allow users to set another browser as the default. Microsoft has publicly objected to the ongoing European antitrust case but is releasing Windows 7 E to ensure that the new OS launches in Europe at the same time as it does in other countries.

Commission officials haven't yet reacted to the gesture, which would head off likely fines and forced changes in software policy. The continental legal body has already said that a successful ruling would likely require a choice of browsers on first boot or a similar choice for buyers. Firefox creator Mozilla, as well as Chrome developer Google, have been cooperating with the Commission and accuse Microsoft of shutting them out of the market.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hope they grind... up into itty bitty parts & force a fire sale...

    How many good people & companies did this corporation crush so that Bill could become a neo-philanthropist ?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wonder what would happen if the computer makers decided not to ship any browser...

    Or, maybe better yet, they'll package their own 'custom' browsers, like what you get from Verizon or Comcast when you're stupid enough to run their install disk.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You generally need at least one browser in the the OS (how else will you get to the Internet and download a browser without one?....FTP?)

    There are plenty of fine choices. I love Safari 4 (thus far), but Opera (very popular in Europe) and Firefox are good too.

    maybe every OS should come with a light browser, with links to download the most commonly used browsers.

    At least, it seems, in Windows, the browser no longer entangled with the OS that it cannot be removed. That is a step forward

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What to use

    What will people use to download Firefox is IE isn't installed?

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Seems petty

    Wouldn't anyone who wants to run Firefox, Chrome, Safari like a nice, simple way to get their chosen browser -- even if it requires a few minutes in IE to get it? Sure, most of the computer makers will slap some browser on the install, but is it worth the hassle?

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