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Microsoft's browser ballot, just released in Europe last month, has hurt its browser market share, say market researchers.
What helps Mozilla and Opera hurt Microsoft

Europe's over 200 million Windows computers will be getting an important update courtesy of Microsoft.  The update will give consumers the power to choose their default browser right out of the box -- something Microsoft never did before.  

Elsewhere, Windows starts with Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser loaded as the default browser.  You can change to another browser for your default, but only after you would have to personally go to the browser maker's page on the web and download the installer.  Many customers instead opt to simply stick with Internet Explorer.

Recent reports indicated that Microsoft's release of the ballot screen helped bump European market shares of third-party browsers like Mozilla's Firefox and the European-based Opera Software's titular browser.

New reports indicate that these gains came at Microsoft's expense.  Internet Explorer lost 2.5 percent marketshare in France, 1 percent in Britain, and 1.3 percent in Italy since February, according to the market research firm Statcounter.

Opera, on the other hand, says its downloads have doubled across Europe for the month and tripled in Italy, Spain and Poland.  The release of Opera 10.5 accounts for some of this boost, but the sheer number of new downloads is unusual and a sign that the ballot screen may be helping the third parties.  

Mozilla, the world's second largest browser maker, did not release a new browser, but did report gains of its own.  Describes a Mozilla spokesperson, "We have seen significant growth in the number of new Firefox users as a result of the Ballot Choice screen. We expect these numbers to increase as the Ballot Choice screen fully rolls out across all countries." 

Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari are featured on the ballot screen's first page, in addition to Internet Explorer.  Smaller browsers are also featured if you scroll over, but the small browser companies aren't satisfied with this.

States Flock, a small European browser maker, "To date, new downloads of Flock originating from the browser choice screen have only contributed marginally to growth in overall downloads. This is also the case for the other browsers not on the main screen."

Microsoft doesn't want to change the ballot screen, but the smaller browser makers are lobbying the EU to force it to make more changes.  Describes Flock, "We hope that the changes recommended in our urgent petition to the European Commission are implemented so that all the browsers that have been placed to the right of the main screen will have a reasonable chance of being found and considered by European consumers."

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Opera 10.5
By Kougar on 3/22/2010 2:40:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's too bad Opera 10.5 is the most buggy release I've had the displeasure of using in years, the timing couldn't have been worse for Opera. Their downloads may have doubled but I doubt their market share will.

Too much of the functionality found in Opera 10.1 was removed or broken in 10.5, so now I'm back to using 10.1. Both versions still don't work when performing tasks like printing shipping labels or correctly presenting forum controls on various sites. For any Opera user that organizes their tabs on the left side of the screen, the Aero skin design of 10.5 doesn't look as good.

RE: Opera 10.5
By DanNeely on 3/22/2010 3:10:43 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. This probably opera's worst release in a last half dozen plus years. I haven't quite gotten annoyed enough to revert to 10.1 myself, but this is only the second time I've considered it seriously. I did roll back to an older version almost immediately a half dozen years ago but don't recall which version it was any longer.

RE: Opera 10.5
By Pirks on 3/22/2010 3:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
Whiner ;) Get 10.51

RE: Opera 10.5
By DanNeely on 3/22/2010 4:00:23 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the heads up. I probably wouldn't've noticed for a few days since I only restart my browser infrequently.

RE: Opera 10.5
By DanNeely on 3/22/2010 4:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like my biggest UI bug problem is fixed. Not certain though since I never drew a connection with the stated cause for the problem.

Minimized tabs not displaying after a restart

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