Microsoft to offer browser-less version of Windows 7 in Europe
Microsoft is planning to offer customized versions of Windows 7 to users in Europe that lack Internet Explorer, according a report from CNET. There will be at least two versions of Windows 7 without the said browser, one version being Windows 7 “E”, which will be distributed in all members of the European Economic Area as well as Croatia and Switzerland. Another version is supposedly called Windows 7 “N”, which will also lack Microsoft’s Windows Media Player. Since a Web browser is a very important part of any operating system, Microsoft is trying to arrange different ways of giving users access to a Web browser. It is possible that Internet Explorer will be offered in a separate install disk. In an update on Microsoft’s blog, it was also mentioned that there could be a “‘ballot screen’ that would prompt users to choose from a specific set of Web browsers.” In any case, this is good for the user, because ultimately the more choice he has, the better.