Some info here Microsoft to charge Europeans double for Windows 7 http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/0...tion-in-the-eu http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/new...than-vista.ars Windows 7 E: no upgrades for the EU
Both Windows XP and Windows Vista come with Internet Explorer, and the upgrade editions of Windows 7 were never tested to handle the installation of Windows 7 without Internet Explorer. Mike Ybarra, general manager of product management of Windows, told Ars that Microsoft had three choices for the release of Windows 7 E: delay the whole release of Windows 7 to make sure everyone gets the release of Windows 7 at the same time and without any upgrade problems, delay the release of Windows 7 just in Europe and have this market wait till Windows 7 E passes all upgrade tests, or don't offer upgrade versions at all.
Microsoft chose the last solution, and it's actually a pretty good one, for both Microsoft and consumers. Windows 7 E editions will be sold only in full versions: there will be no upgrade versions available in the European Union. The good news is that the full versions will be available at the upgrade price, though if history is any indication, they'll likely still be higher than the US upgrade prices shown above. Microsoft announced two weeks ago that it was shipping Windows 7 in Europe without Internet Explorer 8 installed in response to the EU's antitrust investigation of its browser with Windows. http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/new...than-vista.ars Windows 7 in Europe: no upgrades, no IE, up to 2X the price http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/0...o-2x-the-price Article update -
to reflect the fact that pricing is based on Full edition in Europe as Microsoft will not be supplying upgrade editions initially.