Update on E editions of Windows 7

We're intent on providing you with the best possible experience using your PC with Windows. Building on that important principle, we'll ship the same version of Windows in Europe as in rest of the world on the worldwide launch date of 22 October, 2009. This version of Windows includes Windows Internet Explorer 8 to help people get the most from their PCs and the Internet. We won't ship E editions of Windows 7, which wouldn't have included Internet Explorer.

Customers who pre-order Windows 7 will receive editions of the product that include Internet Explorer. Customers participating in the Windows Upgrade Option—available with select new PCs running Windows Vista—will also receive editions of Windows 7 that include Internet Explorer.

Customers in Europe will be able to choose between upgrade and full versions of Windows 7 packaged for retail sales.