Microsoft has been in trouble in Europe as reported earlier due to the law suites forcing them to ship Microsoft Windows 7 without their well known Internet Explorer browser. Later, they had to ship new copies of Windows XP without it as well.
As a Windows 7 Beta tester I keep receiving updates from Microsoft. I just received an email confirming that Windows 7 will hit the shelves on 22nd October. Following is a chunk of the email.
“We are on our way to the last big milestone: Release to Manufacturing. Starting on October 22, you’ll see it on PCs and store shelves”
Windows lovers, get ready for the latest and greatest Windows ever. Its gonna be a Tuesday morning when you can queue outside a software store.
After a consistent pressure from European Union Microsoft has decided to ship Microsoft Windows 7 without its web-browser Internet Explorer 8. The browser-less Windows 7 is called “Windows 7 E”. This will be first version of Windows after Windows 3.11 for work-group to be shipped without Internet Explorer.
This decision has for sure been taken as a result of the anti-trust cases Microsoft has been facing from EU. Windows 7 is scheduled to be shipped later this year and its release candidate is already available for download. Windows 7 no doubt is way better than Windows Vista in my experience. You can download RC version of Windows 7 from Windows website. This version will work till March 1, 2010, so you have a lot of time to play around with the new Windows 7 and by then, launch of Chrome OS by google will be a few months away <<>>
Microsoft.com is down fellows. I just realized, when I go to Microsoft.com, it takes me to a page showing “Page not available”. Result is the same for microsoft.com and www.microsoft.com. It eventually shows me the error and a following bing search searching for “en us default aspx”. Strange is’nt it? See the screenshot below.
The home page redirects to http://www.microsoft.com/library/errorpages/smarterror.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/en/us/default.aspx
Updates: It was a temporary error and the site is up and running now!