Europe to get Windows 7 sans browser

“Reacting to antitrust concerns expressed by European
regulators, Microsoft plans to offer a version in Europe that has
the browser removed. Computer makers would then have the option to
add the browser back in, ship another browser or ship multiple
browsers, according to a confidential memo that was sent to PC
makers and seen by CNET News.

“”To ensure that Microsoft is in compliance with European law,
Microsoft will be releasing a separate version of Windows 7 for
distribution in Europe that will not include Windows Internet
Explorer,” the software maker said in the memo. “Microsoft will
offer IE8 separately and free of charge and will make it easy and
convenient for PC manufacturers to preinstall IE 8 on Windows 7
machines in Europe if they so choose. PC manufacturers may choose
to install an alternative browser instead of IE 8, and has always
been the case, they may install multiple browsers if they


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