July 11, 2001

Microsoft to allow PC makers to remove Internet Explorer

Author: JT Smith

ZDNET: "In a dramatic shift, Microsoft will allow PC makers to remove Internet Explorer icons and entries
from the Start Menu, as well as provide the ability to remove Internet Explorer from Windows XP.
The company also will extend this to Windows 98, Window Me and Windows 2000.

"We did this to address some of the specific antitrust violations found by the Court of Appeals,"
said Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan. "We are going to provide OEMS (original equipment
manufacturers) greater flexibility with Windows. We are making these changes now to make sure
Windows XP ships on time, and we minimize any disruption to the high-tech industry."

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