Microsoft: No Browserless Windows 7 After All

By | August 1, 2009

Microsoft: No Browserless Windows 7 After AllcNET Writes:

It looks like there won’t be a browserless version of Windows 7, after all.

Microsoft said late Friday that it won’t ship the Windows 7 “E” version of Windows even though Europe has yet to sign off on its revised plan. The plan calls for the company to ship Windows 7 with Internet Explorer, but present a ballot screen in which users in Europe can decide whether they want Internet Explorer or another browser.


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  1. Rafael says:

    The ballot could be global… *-*

  2. John m says:

    I really want to see the browser usage stars for Europe once windows 7 comes out. It’ll be interesting to see if the bundling of IE really was unfair, or if people are just used to it.

  3. Eric says:

    I believe that is the best thing. I have said this over and over but I shall repeat one last time:

    Microsoft Windows belongs to MICROSOFT. They should be able to add there browser as default and not offer another browser upon installation. Opera (btw is my choice browser) has no right to say they should offer them as a default. It just does not make sense to me at all.

    Although IE is not my choice browser and as it isnt alot of other people, it is afterall Microsoft’s product and them setting someone elses browser as default of even offereing a ballot screen which would steer alot of users away from there product and lowering there market share.. just does not add up to me.

    I wouldnt mind seeing microsoft partner up with another browser such as opera or chrome to bette serve there customers but that doesnt neccesarily mean they should set it as default.

    Internet Explorer 8 is a very good browser and it gives the others including firefox a run for there money. I agree that it took MS awhile to get it right but they finally did and it indeed may be a little to late.

    • Grrblt says:

      It isn’t Opera that says Microsoft can’t add their own browser. It’s the law that says it.

      • telematros says:

        Which law, and which court?

        Go on. Let’s hear it.

        • Grrblt says:

          I’m no lawyer but from what I can tell it’s Article 82 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community. It’s the European Commission that says Microsoft broke it; they’re no proper court, but they’re given the power to do so by Article 85.

          • telematros says:

            An article is just that – an article. Until a court actually decides that it has violated been, Microsoft is guilty of nothing.

          • Grrblt says:

            Definition of article

            5. (law) legal paragraph: a section of a legal document that deals with a specific point

            European Commission has found them guilty of violating this part of the law. They are certainly able to appeal, but it doesn’t look like they want to.

          • telematros says:

            I’m gonna have to call bs on that. Evidence on the EC finding MS guilty, please.

  4. Dels says:

    The bundling system seems was not a “real” big problem, the real problem for Microsoft, is they were creating a browser that tightly integrated into OS, like when they did with IE5.5+98, IE6+XP and IE7+Vista, so i hope i can use Control Panel without IE installed

    That make Opera, Google & Mozilla keep insist that Windows must be free of browser integration or atleast minimal

  5. Antje says:

    I will be happy just to have Windows 7 without IE at all. That is all.