EU Approves Microsoft’s Browser Ballot

Satheesh C B | Saturday, December 19, 2009 | 0 comments

Microsoft has revised its antitrust-settlement with European Union regulators in response to complaints from browser makers.So Windows users will see a browser ballot screen that randomly lists the icons of the top five browsers upon every launch.Earlier Apple's Safari for Windows browser was slated to receive prominent placement on a "browser ballot".Complaints from Opera, Google, and Mozilla resulted in the change to random listing of browsers upon every launch.

 

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The browser ballot screen will let European PC users download a third-party browser without having to use Internet Explorer . Microsoft’s browser dominance has eroded in recent years. Internet Explorer had 63.6 percent of the market in November, compared with 24.7 percent for Mozilla’s Firefox, 4.4 percent for Apple Inc.’s Safari and 3.9 percent for Google’s Chrome. Opera had 2.3 percent.

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