MS to give Europeans a browser choice when installing its OS or updates

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Mike Dee, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Mike Dee

    Mike Dee Guest

    Spotted this elsewhere...

    Story from BBC NEWS:
    <http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/technology/8537763.stm>
    Published: 2010/03/01

    Windows users will be offered the choice as part of a deal Microsoft
    struck with the European Commission.

    The agreement resolves a long-running case in which the software giant
    was accused of abusing its market position.

    A pop-up window will prompt people to choose and install one of 12
    different browsers or let them stick with Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

    Install options

    The browser choice software will be delivered from Monday as part of the
    Windows Update system Microsoft usually uses to distribute security
    patches.

    BROWSER CHOICES
    # Avant
    # Chrome
    # Firefox
    # Flock
    # Green Browser
    # Internet Explorer
    # K-meleon
    # Maxthon
    # Opera
    # Safari
    # Sleipnir
    # Slim

    Although the update has been prepared for Windows XP, Vista and 7, not
    all users will see it.
    [...]

    Some fear the browser choice system will confuse people. Already some
    who have been confronted with the choice screen have been worried that
    their machine has been taken over or fallen victim to a virus.

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    Well, its OK for Euro's to get a choice...

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    dee
    Mike Dee, Mar 1, 2010
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  2. Mike Dee

    Sweetpea Guest

    Re: MS to give Europeans a browser choice when installing its OS orupdates

    On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 23:46:33 +1100, Mike Dee wrote:

    > Well, its OK for Euro's to get a choice...


    The important thing to remember is that Microsoft is only doing that in Europe because it was forced to.

    It didn't want to give people the option to chose their own default browser, and it certainly won't give
    people the choice elsewhere unless forced to do so.

    In this respect it is good to see a governmental agency in europe with the balls to stand up to Micro$oft.


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    "Filtering the Internet is like trying to boil the ocean"
    Sweetpea, Mar 1, 2010
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  3. Re: MS to give Europeans a browser choice when installing its OS orupdates

    Vista wanted to grab browser choice screen from updates today after the
    fresh recovery on a two years PC.

    On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 21:33:48 +0300, Sweetpea <> wrote:

    > On Mon, 01 Mar 2010 23:46:33 +1100, Mike Dee wrote:
    >
    >> Well, its OK for Euro's to get a choice...

    >
    > The important thing to remember is that Microsoft is only doing that in
    > Europe because it was forced to.
    >
    > It didn't want to give people the option to chose their own default
    > browser, and it certainly won't give
    > people the choice elsewhere unless forced to do so.
    >
    > In this respect it is good to see a governmental agency in europe with
    > the balls to stand up to Micro$oft.
    >
    >



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    Dmitry Labutin ()
    Dmitry Labutin, Mar 2, 2010
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