If users choose "Customize," they can toggle off Do Not Track during Windows 8's setup process.
European Union privacy officials sided with Microsoft in the on-by-default controversy when in June they urged the W3C to let Microsoft set DNT as on in IE10. The EU suggested the standards group accept a "first-run" option, meaning the setting would be acknowledged when a browser or OS was launched for the first time.
"Microsoft's actions don't deprive anyone of a choice, so they can't be criticised at that level," said Ryan Heath, a spokesman for the European Commission, in a recent email commenting on the dustup over IE10.
IE10 will also ship for Windows 7, but DNT will be handled differently for that edition, Lynch said last week. "Windows 7 customers using IE10 will receive prominent notice that DNT is turned on in their new browser, together with a link providing more information about the setting," he said.
Microsoft has declined to disclose its release plans for IE10 on Windows 7, and also declined to describe in more detail what Windows 7 users will face regarding the privacy feature when they first run the new browser.
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