No, it is a typo by the BBC. The BBC RSS feed on this story:
No IE onboard Windows 7 in Europe
says, and I quote,
“Microsoft ships IE7 without browser”
Funny how the browser was integral and a drop dead feature when MS was being sued by Nestcape, and now it is something they can actually ship the OS without. Over and over again we see that the European courts are more sensible and in the anti-trust area powerful than the US courts.
European buyers of Windows 7 will have to download and install a web browser for themselves.
Bowing to European competition rules, Microsoft Windows 7 will ship without Internet Explorer.
I don’t like the phrase “bowing to the rules.” It implies that MS is being chivalrous by actually following the law.