EU to Get Windows 7 without IE

"Responding to the European Commission's antitrust concerns, Microsoft has reportedly removed Internet Explorer from the Windows 7 versions it is shipping to Europe."

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EU to Get Windows 7 without IE
 
Windows 7 E is meant for the European Union and will not carry IEResponding to the European Commission’s antitrust concerns, Microsoft has reportedly removed Internet Explorer from the Windows 7 versions it is shipping to Europe. The browser will now be provided as a free standalone application.
 
News about a browser-less Windows 7 for Europe hit the news services after an internal Microsoft memo found its way out. Directed at PC manufacturers, the memo states that Europe will be receiving a special version of the OS codenamed “Windows 7 E”, which will not include Internet Explorer.
 
“Microsoft will offer IE8 separately and free of charge and will make it easy and convenient for PC manufacturers to preinstall IE 8 on Windows 7 machines in Europe if they so choose. PC manufacturers may choose to install an alternative browser instead of IE 8, and has always been the case, they may install multiple browsers if they wish,” the memo informed.
 
The move comes as a surprise since the Commission’s concern was about Microsoft not offering enough alternatives; instead Microsoft has decided to take away even the single one available with the OS. Responding to the news, the Commission has issued a statement saying it wants Microsoft to provide multiple browser options in the OS.
 
The OS manufacturer is unlikely to do this and so Windows 7 E buyers in Europe will have to comprehend with a browser-less system. The only option left open to them if they wish to connect to the internet is to first download a browser of their choice and then go ahead with Windows 7 installation.
 
With IE removed from Windows 7, European users will also no longer be able retain all their settings and upgrade to this version from earlier Windows installations. Instead, they will have to do a clean install, breaking their original Windows.
 
Microsoft reportedly also has plans of yet another version, Windows 7 “N” for the European Union, which will be missing Windows Media Player. This version too is the result of an EU antitrust ruling. All said and done, it is the end-users that will have to suffer on account of the tussle between the European Commission and the OS manufacturer.
 
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07-06-2009, 17:58:02

stevej696
Hi people i am currently going for my second build and am currently looking for a Matx case which has a laptop style slim-drive.
Is there any out there?

It has to be a small case as i it being used for a desktop pc and im not that bothered about it having a mass amount of fans as it is not going to have powerful hot running hardware. Mainly for Word processing, Photo editing etc

The spec im building is:

Gigabyte GA-73VM-S2 Mobo
E1200 @1.6ghz
1gb Ram
160gb 16mb Cache Western Digital Scorpio Black Laptop hd
Xp Pro OS

Are there any cases out there that meet my demands or are there better options?

All coments and advice is much appreciated,
Links would be helpful,
Thanks in advance
Stevej696

07-06-2009, 18:31:04

Datamonkey
Cheap, and not bad looking.

Aopen hc360
http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?SKU=16010308
Non slim line optical though.


Looking better, not a bad price either
Tsunami MJR2 Micro ATX
http://www.svp.co.uk/components/cases/with-psu/tsunami-mjr2-300w-pc-case-black-silver-tsunami002_pc-chassis.html

07-06-2009, 18:58:19

mayhem
Isn't the gigabyte a mini atx not a micro atx !!!!

If so the cases would be no good ... or am i wrong ...

The cases above would take a micro ATX only this would not allow for such a board esp with the distance between the PCI express and the two PCI slots ... as this extends the board beyond a micro atx format ...

If you are going mirco atx i would recommend a Zotac instead as they are much better boards.

07-06-2009, 19:49:41

Datamonkey
Nah the gigabyte is micro atx

07-06-2009, 20:02:50

mayhem
an right .. just got me all confused looking at the pix and one dum web site saying mini itx spec lol ....

08-06-2009, 04:36:12

stevej696

Cheap, and not bad looking.

Aopen hc360
http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?SKU=16010308
Non slim line optical though.


Looking better, not a bad price either
Tsunami MJR2 Micro ATX
http://www.svp.co.uk/components/cases/with-psu/tsunami-mjr2-300w-pc-case-black-silver-tsunami002_pc-chassis.html



Ye i agree with the second option very nice looking. I thought i had a battle trying to find one but this seems to be the best case so far so reps!
:D

08-06-2009, 04:39:37

stevej696

an right .. just got me all confused looking at the pix and one dum web site saying mini itx spec lol ....



There are some stupid websites out there, one evn telling me that they do not exists when i have one now!
The spec im going for is laptop with a Matx board as i like the low noise, low heat setup rather than a hot running hard-drive. I figured that with me wanting a small factor case i needed to keep the heat down.

Soz for the confusion about the board:)

08-06-2009, 13:31:39

Datamonkey

Ye i agree with the second option very nice looking. I thought i had a battle trying to find one but this seems to be the best case so far so reps!
:D



Thanks for that, yeah it is a smart looking case, obviously i couldnt comment on the build quality though. But bang for buck it looks good. There are other versions of it out there though, so check before buying as the older version doesnt look as nice ;)
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