Microsoft has confirmed the news about the report that Windows 7 will debut in European countries without its Internet Explorer 8 web browser, causing a stir of questions and uproar from prospective buyers.
The new Windows 7 operating system will be offered in Europe with an 'E' in its name, 'Windows 7 E' signifying that it will come browser-less. All the version of the new OS that will be available in the United States will be offered too in European countries.
The E versions of Windows 7 will ship at the same time as Windows 7 ships in the rest of the world, and they will be available in 23 European languages, according to the company.
Report from Microsoft creates an uproar questions such as how people can install the IE8 into a netbooks preloaded with 'Windows 7 E'.
So how would we download and install a browser without a browser? What would we do then? Steve posted on Microsoft official blogs about perspective and analysis on legal and policy issues.
Johan also posted a question saying But what about customers who want IE8 integrated? I don't understand why the EC is forcing Microsoft to remove a feature that I want? Will there be another version on sale that includes the browser? I think it is a bit of a hassle to independently install IE. What about the people who buy a netbook with Windows 7 without a cd-rom drive? How are they going to install IE?
Another question from Dre, What happens when people upgrade to Windows 7 E on an existing pc? Will they end up with a browserless OS?
These questions might be very small but gives an idea on the effect of removing out IE8 on the upcoming new OS. Microsoft explained their side by saying they only need to do it to fulfill their legal obligations in Europe
We’re committed to making Windows 7 available in Europe at the same time that it launches in the rest of the world, but we also must comply with European competition law as we launch the product. said Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft in a statement publish in the company's official blogs about perspective and analysis on legal and policy issues.