Microsoft cancels plan to launch browserless Windows 7

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 04 2009 @ 02:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft changed its Windows 7 plans again and axed the plan to launch the operating system without a browser in Europe. The software giant now intends to ship Windows 7 with Internet Explorer, but with a ballot screen in which European users can decide which browser they want to install.
Microsoft announced last week that it was open to the "ballot screen," but said that it would wait to can the browserless "E" version until European regulators approved its plan.

The software maker said late Friday that it decided to ship the same version of Windows 7 for Europe after PC makers complained that having to use the browserless version of Windows 7 for a short period of time would be a pain.

"In the wake of last week's developments, as well as continuing feedback on Windows 7 E that we have received from computer manufacturers and other business partners, I'm pleased to report that we will ship the same version of Windows 7 in Europe in October that we will ship in the rest of the world," deputy general counsel Dave Heiner said in a statement.
Source: CNET


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