Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer will not be bundled with Windows7 for European customers. This comes as a result of the legal tussle between the European Commission and Microsoft in which Microsoft had to pay a record amount of $794 million. It is still not clear whether Microsoft will bundle some other browser or whether it will be browser-free.
MS had other alternatives, as Dave Heiner, MS's deputy general counsel and vice-president, says. The Commission offered MS to let the users choose their browser of choice during the set-up. But folks at Microsoft "don't believe it would be best for us to adopt such an approach unilaterally."
Now, it's up to the users to have their say. Firefox is an obvious choice. But given the popularity of Safari 4 and Opera's new turbo feature, Firefox may not be the first choice for European users.