One step behind from Microsoft. In fact last month announced that the new Operative System Windows 7 will be released in Europe without Internet Explorer. Now the new proposal is offer a choice to customers about the internet browser.
Extract from Windows 7 and Browser Choice in Europe article :
Shortly after new Windows PCs are set up by the user, Microsoft will update them over the Internet with a consumer ballot software program. If IE is the default browser, the user will be presented with a list of other leading browsers and invited to select one or more for installation. Technically, this consumer ballot screen will be presented as a Web page that can be updated over time as new browsers become available
The ballot screen would make it obvious to Windows users that they have a variety of choices when it comes to Web browsing software. Users could return to this page anytime to install the latest browsers or learn more about them. (The browser links will connect users directly to the appropriate Web servers to download the various browsers.)
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