Microsoft adopts browser ballot; finally in the clear with EU

Published Date
17 - Dec - 2009
| Last Updated
17 - Dec - 2009
 
Microsoft adopts browser ballot; finally in the clear with EU

The EU has finally dropped its case against Microsoft as it has decided to implement the browser ballot option for Windows 7.

EU proposed that Microsoft offer users a choice of upto 11 browsers other than Internet Explorer to users of Windows. The browsers are to include those from competing companies, such as Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome browsers. Furthermore those who have installed Internet Explorer with Windows by default on their computer will be give an option to switch browsers. Microsoft will however not be extending this option worldwide.

The case initiated by Opera saw support from Google and Mozilla, whose objections stemmed from the fact that Windows users were force-fed Internet Explorer and would often continue using it without being aware of better alternatives.

Under the settlement, users of Windows XP, Vista and 7 will be shown a browser ballot screen via an update which will allow users to upgrade their browser. The ballot screen will give them options from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, AOL, Maxthon, K-Meleon, Flock, Avant Browser, Sleipnir and Slim Browser with the prominent 5 (IE, Firefox,Safari, Chrome, Opera) being displayed first.

While this option is only for users in the EU it is sure to promote the idea of choice among browsers to the many Windows users, a move that is sure to dent Internet Explorers share.