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Microsoft kills Windows 7E, puts IE back in upcoming OS
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 03 August 2009 11:06

Bets European regulators will okay 'ballot screen' plan, lets it charge more for 'full' versions

By Gregg Keizer
August 1, 2009 05:14 PM ET

    Computerworld - Betting that European antitrust regulators will okay its proposal for a "ballot screen" and facing opposition from computer makers and corporate customers, Microsoft late Friday abandoned plans to ship Windows 7 without Internet Explorer (IE).

At the same time, a company executive said Microsoft wasn't happy with having to give equal time to rival browsers. "As you might imagine, it was not easy for Microsoft to accept the idea that we would essentially promote directly competing software from within our flagship product, Windows," said Dave Heiner, Microsoft's deputy general counsel and a company vice president.

Even though officials from the European Commission haven't signed off on Microsoft's proposal to offer customers a choice of rival browsers when they first run Windows 7, the company said it is dropping the special edition once destined for Europe, dubbed Windows 7E.  [Computer World...]    [Comments...]
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