has a long history of accusations that it abuses its dominant
position in the browser and operating system markets. These
allegations have resulted in several investigations into Microsoft in
both America and Europe. One of the more recent investigations
happened last year in Europe and was focused on Internet
Explorer.Ultimately, antitrust charges were filed against
Microsoft for its practice of bundling IE with Windows in Europe.
Microsoft eventually agreed to offer a ballot box that would allow
Windows users to choose what browser they want to install on their
computer and the charges
in Europe were dropped.Microsoft VP and Deputy General
Counsel Dave Heiner has posted
to the Microsoft
on the Issues
new information on the browser choice screen for Europe. Heiner
wrote, "Over the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin offering a
“Web browser choice screen” to Internet Explorer users in Europe,
as required by the European Commission. Internal testing of the
choice screen is underway now. We’ll begin a limited roll-out
externally next week, and expect that a full scale roll-out will
begin around March 1, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. If you are
an Internet Explorer user in Europe, here is what to
expect."Microsoft will begin testing the choice screen
next week in the UK, Belgium, and France. Anyone in those three
countries that wants to test the choice screen will be able to
download the software update via Windows Update. The phased roll out
of the choice screen across all of Europe will kick off the week of
March 1.Microsoft reports that the choice screen will be an
automatic download through Windows Update for XP, Vista, and Windows
7. Users will either find that the software is downloaded
automatically or they may be prompted to download and install the
software depending on settings and the version of Windows in use on
the PC. The choice screen will be shown on all computers
running IE as the default browser. Windows 7 users with IE pinned to
the taskbar will have the browser automatically unpinned. The choice
screen will offer details to users on different browsers and links to
download them in a random order.
quote: If more people in Europe already have downloaded an alternative browser, why the need to force Microsoft to implement a ballot box in the first place?
quote: Most people do not know what a browser is.
quote: This isn't the early 1990's
quote: I only have 100 users I support, and I can tell you that a good 20% of them
quote: That would be like asking someone who their phone company is, and them responding Panasonic
quote: Statistics can say anything you want them to say by asking a question the wrong way. There is a difference between the words browser and web browser.
quote: The moral of the story is: the context of a conversation is just as important as the words you use. So don't be an asshole.
quote: kind of funny that you're responding so critically to the video.
quote: So in this context you shouldn't have to say web browser as that would be redundant.
quote: Your statement is rather like ridiculing someone for calling their airline ticket simply "a ticket", and thereby failing to distinguish it from a bus ticket or theatre ticket.
quote: And we laugh at the anal retentive who obsesses over someone shortening the phrase "web browser" to "browser".
quote: Even your average computer user today knows alot more then some give them credit for.
quote: Wrong. I did tech support
quote: They knowingly keep Internet standards from moving forward.
quote: Why do you think the worst browser out there, in terms of standards compliance and rendering performance, is the most widely used?
quote: But they did integrate it into windows in a way that made it impossible to uninstall - having it preload files at system boot and eating up system resources even if you use another browser. It took the European ruling to make them fix that - to make it possible to uninstall IE, and to not have IE use up system resources when you're not using it.
quote: Firefox has a deal with Google
quote: Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, AOL, Maxthon, K-Meleon, Flock, Avant Browser, Sleipnir and Slim Browser. The five most widely used browsers will be prominently displayed and the other seven browsers will be shown when the user scrolls sideways.