Since when do you need a web browser to download things. Why not just have a screen on the install to select a browser.
The browser has been the most popular way to download stuff for some time now. I can't even remember how I got hold of my first brower, but I think that it was already installed on the machine that landed on my desk ...
MS is still a the king of the desktop OS and as long as they continue to leverage it to include their own software they will be perceived as evil.
As long as they don't stop me running whatever I want to run), then why should I care what they stick on the machine. Disk space is cheap; I can install half a dozen browsers if I want to.
If they prevent me running stuff, then we have a problem (like Apple and that podcasting app).