Bowing to European competition rules, Microsoft Windows 7 will ship without Internet Explorer.
European buyers of Windows 7 will have to download and install a web browser for themselves.
'course - the very first thing Windows Update will do is to offer the latest and greatest version of Internet Explorer.
What exactly is the point of shipping Windows 7 sans browser if just about the first thing 99% of the end users do is put the very same browser back in there?
In January 2009, Brussels reached a "preliminary view" that Microsoft was denting the chance for true competition by bundling its browser software in with its operating system.
Ah: whenever you see a situation that makes no sense look for the creepy hand of a government stirring the pot.