The European Commission responded with a mixed assessment of Microsoft’s newest proposal to offer a version of Windows 7 which strips out Internet Explorer (IE) 8. Not hides it — like is currently possible via a “remove features” capability. The Softies are proposing to sell a separate version, designated Windows 7 E which doesn’t include a browser in it at all. PC makers and consumers would have to add in a browser. That would be simple--and potentially profitable for PC makers, but could prove quite a hassle for those trying to upgrade an existing PC to Windows 7. In a statement, regulators said that the move seems a step backward in the retail software arena, but said it could be more positive in the new PC market, which is how 95 percent of consumers get a new version of Windows.
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