The question is, ship to who?
This happened once before with Windows Media Player. I think it was Real Networks who took them to court. MS was forced, by court order, to offer a version of Windows without Media Player. Of course, since Microsoft delivers to the consumer mostly through OEM vendors, the OEM vendors turned their back on the version wihout Media Player.
Why pay the same and get less?
So the question is, when faced with two different versions of Windows, one with IE and one without, which one will OEM vendors choose to market to their customers? The vendors aren't under court order about anything.
What an incredible waste of time and money and energy.