Windows 7 Will Allow Users to Disable IE8
In the upcoming Windows 7 Release Candidate, Microsoft plans to let users disable applications such as Internet Explorer 8, Windows Search, Windows Media Player, and others. Disabling them means that while these programs can be forced to start and will function when needed, the associated files will not load up when windows is started. This would lead to much faster start-up times and less resources hogged by potentially unused applications. Fans of alternative web browsers and media applications will be glad to hear this, as will antitrust regulators who have previously raised issues over Internet Explorer coming bundled with Microsoft Windows. The Windows 7 RC is planned to be released next month to software developers and IT professionals.