Browserless Windows 7 refuses to go gracefully
Microsoft said last month that it was scrapping entirely its plans for separate "E" versions of Windows 7. So why are they still listed in their online store?
With its plans now centered on creating a ballot screen where users can choose which browsers to install, Microsoft has.
Curiously, though, the "E" versions are still listed for sale on several versions of Microsoft's European online store. Nor did the software maker have a clear explanation of why those versions are still listed, weeks after the company said that it would ship the same version globally.
Although the UK site seems to have it right, many of the non-English sites, including Spanish, Dutch, and German versions, list only the "E" or "N" versions of the operating system. As it did with Vista, Microsoft does plan to continue selling an "N" version in Europe, which has the media player removed.
"Microsoft is working to refresh its international online store sites, just like retailers are now," the software maker said in a statement. The fact that the "E" versions were still listed was first noted by enthusiast site AeroXP.
In any case, Microsoft is being clear that it has no plans to ship a browserless version--those that preorder the "E" version will get the standard version.
As Windows 7 without a browser in Europe to try to . However, both competitors and regulators . Ultimately, Microsoft reversed itself and said it was open to the "ballot screen" idea where consumers can choose which browsers they wish to install., Microsoft told computer makers in June that it planned to ship
Earlier this week, Microsoft said that it wouldan offer to European buyers to get the full version of Windows 7 for the upgrade price, a relic of the browserless plan in which Microsoft said it would sell only the full version of the operating system.