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Microsoft Shifts Plan, Ties IE to Windows 7

Microsoft is canceling its plan to offer versions of Windows without the Internet Explorer browser in Europe, a move that was supposed to ease antitrust concerns.

The decision to scrap the browserless version of its operating system, dubbed Windows 7 E, was in response to statements made by the European Commission and feedback from manufacturers, according to Dave Heiner, Microsoft's vice president and deputy general counsel, in a blog statement titled "Windows 7 and Browser Choice in Europe" and posted late Friday.

However, Microsoft still has plans in place to offer a "ballot screen" designed to let Windows 7 users install a competing Web browser and disable Internet Explorer.

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