Microsoft has responded to the reports that they’ve sent memo to computer manufacturers and retailers about plans for Windows 7 in Europe. Here’s an excerpt from Dave Heiner’s post:
Windows 7 will be offered in Europe in all of the versions that will be available here in the United States, both 32- and 64-bit, with an “E” at the end of the product name (for instance, Windows 7 Home Premium E), and will be available in 23 European languages, will ship at the same time as in the rest of the world. The E versions of Windows 7 will include all the features and functionality of Windows 7 in the rest of the world, other than browsing with Internet Explorer. Computer manufacturers and customers will be able to add any browser they want to their Windows 7 machines without any problem.
Most importantly, the E versions of Windows 7 will continue to provide all of the underlying platform functionality of the operating system—applications designed for Windows will run just as well on an E version as on other versions of Windows 7.