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EU Commission Announces Market Test of Microsoft Suggestions on Browser Choice, Interoperability

Oct 08, 2009, 14:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"Here's Microsoft's statement, glowing with happiness that their two proposals, with some changes suggested in the last month or so by the EU Commission, have basically been adopted, if the test works out. And here's Neelie Kroes' blog with her announcement:

"Now the Commission has agreed to formally market test proposals made by Microsoft that, if adopted, would offer current and future users of Windows software in Europe a meaningful choice between Internet Explorer and its competitors.

"Currently Windows users (most computer users) do not get an upfront choice because Microsoft ties Internet Explorer to the Windows PC operating system. Under the new proposal users would be offered 12 browser options on a 'choice screen' appearing on their computers. This is the sort of effective and unbiased choice we have been looking for, so today is another positive step towards this outcome.

"Are they pre-installed? Or only IE and you get to install any alternative if you so choose? What do you think? You have to download them. We all know how much people love to do that. Not. OEMs can preinstall any browser as the default, but come on. What do you think they'll choose? What is the improvement? Letting people know there are choices, I guess. That's better than nothing. But I can download any browser I want already. This is an improvement in that IE can't reassert control as the default, unless you want it to."

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