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Europeans to Choose Win XP, Vista Browsers Too

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Windows XP and Vista to get European browser choice too.

Earlier this week we found out about Microsoft's proposal to the EU to provide a "ballot screen" for those installing Windows 7 to choose which browser, if any, will be installed on the system. This was presented as a possible solution for the EU's antitrust investigation into Microsoft's practices surrounding the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows.

According to information dug up by Ars Technica, Microsoft will soon offer current users of Windows XP and Vista the same type of choice to install browsers other than Internet Explorer 8.

The browser ballot program is proposed as "Important" or "High Priority" update for Windows XP and Vista that will run for users who have IE installed and set as the default browser. From there, users will get the option of installing other browsers from a Microsoft-maintained website.

Besides the obvious players of Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera, the ballot screen will reportedly also include other Windows browsers with a usage share of at least 0.5 percent in the European Economic Area (for a total of up to ten different browsers).

This is still in the proposal stage as the European Union has yet to decide whether or not this is satisfactory, but we'll keep you posted.

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    kidamnesiac , July 29, 2009 5:56 PM
    PepiXGuys.. don't you notice that the main target user group for those changes are those who are not tech savvy.. note that the majority of users use what they have.. not what will do the best job for them.. It is necessary to have such an option so that there's more chance that you all use good piece of software to browse the net.. (don't you think that the better browser should get the most users.. not the one which is bundled with your OS..)



    If this is being done for browsers, then why not for other apps? I mean, what about Notepad or Wordpad? There are other vendors out there who make text editors. And then what about Paint or Calc?

    Come on. You want a ballot for every single app included in Windows? Where does it end? It's all a bunch of BS. Microsoft's Windows, Microsoft's choice to include what they want. If you want a different browser, if something is bothering you about IE, then do some freakin' research. It's not that hard to Google the topic.
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    kidamnesiac , July 29, 2009 6:38 PM
    scrumworksLots of angry yanks here. Tells a lot about their nature.


    Yes because when someone expresses discontent about something the EU has done, it must always be generalized into the whole 'Angry Yank' category. What a clever, insightful person you must be.
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    rocky1234 , July 29, 2009 6:42 PM
    I have one question is Apple gonna be forced to do this as well after all they also include their own broswer in their OS. I say if one if forced to do it then all companies that make a OS should have to follow suit & do the same no matter how much market share they have or in Apples case don't have. If Microsoft can do this with Windows 7 so close to release then surely to god Apple can too they must have at least one or 2 good tech type people work for them.
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    verenos , July 29, 2009 3:44 PM
    This version of Opera is no longer available please enjoy this BSOD instead.
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    FlayerSlayer , July 29, 2009 4:14 PM
    Anyone else think it's odd that this is such a big deal for FREE software?
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    amd_guru , July 29, 2009 4:27 PM
    Its all a big pile of crap IMO. Who cares! Its not like u can just go to google and download another one if u want..
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    scook9 , July 29, 2009 4:34 PM
    So will these "updates" be for worldwide users? or just EU?

    And yes this is retarded to begin with - it is FREE software
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    cadder , July 29, 2009 4:41 PM
    Let's let the EU go out and BUY their own C++ compiler and WRITE their own browser! Or maybe they should write their own C++ compiler too.
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2009 4:41 PM
    Agree, I love to rag MS as much as the next person but the browsers are all freeware... so why the big deal? Sue Apple for shipping their OS with Safari, this whole thing is a joke the EU commission's just making an example.
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    PepiX , July 29, 2009 5:26 PM
    Guys.. don't you notice that the main target user group for those changes are those who are not tech savvy.. note that the majority of users use what they have.. not what will do the best job for them..

    It is necessary to have such an option so that there's more chance that you all use good piece of software to browse the net.. (don't you think that the better browser should get the most users.. not the one which is bundled with your OS..)
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    IzzyCraft , July 29, 2009 5:35 PM
    What about language discrepancies? If they have to dl it off the internet while doing the install what if say FF has yet to support the language you are installing in? Or will it just always DL the English version. If I was Microsoft i would always make it dl the English version just to spite the EU.
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    ohim , July 29, 2009 5:41 PM
    even thow i live in EU ... fuk EU.
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    Camikazi , July 29, 2009 5:41 PM
    PepiXGuys.. don't you notice that the main target user group for those changes are those who are not tech savvy.. note that the majority of users use what they have.. not what will do the best job for them.. It is necessary to have such an option so that there's more chance that you all use good piece of software to browse the net.. (don't you think that the better browser should get the most users.. not the one which is bundled with your OS..)


    Non-tech savvy people won't know which is better and will be confused or just pick the one they know, IE. You have non-tech savvy people using IE for years then give them a choice like this they will stick with IE just cause they know it and don't know the rest.
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    kidamnesiac , July 29, 2009 5:56 PM
    PepiXGuys.. don't you notice that the main target user group for those changes are those who are not tech savvy.. note that the majority of users use what they have.. not what will do the best job for them.. It is necessary to have such an option so that there's more chance that you all use good piece of software to browse the net.. (don't you think that the better browser should get the most users.. not the one which is bundled with your OS..)



    If this is being done for browsers, then why not for other apps? I mean, what about Notepad or Wordpad? There are other vendors out there who make text editors. And then what about Paint or Calc?

    Come on. You want a ballot for every single app included in Windows? Where does it end? It's all a bunch of BS. Microsoft's Windows, Microsoft's choice to include what they want. If you want a different browser, if something is bothering you about IE, then do some freakin' research. It's not that hard to Google the topic.
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    kidamnesiac , July 29, 2009 6:38 PM
    scrumworksLots of angry yanks here. Tells a lot about their nature.


    Yes because when someone expresses discontent about something the EU has done, it must always be generalized into the whole 'Angry Yank' category. What a clever, insightful person you must be.
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    rocky1234 , July 29, 2009 6:42 PM
    I have one question is Apple gonna be forced to do this as well after all they also include their own broswer in their OS. I say if one if forced to do it then all companies that make a OS should have to follow suit & do the same no matter how much market share they have or in Apples case don't have. If Microsoft can do this with Windows 7 so close to release then surely to god Apple can too they must have at least one or 2 good tech type people work for them.
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    mrkenan , July 29, 2009 7:25 PM
    Safari is not a necessary system component in OSX. It can be uninstalled without any problems, however, IE is a completely different story.
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    cracklint , July 29, 2009 7:59 PM
    EU says, "NO! NO! NO!, your missing the point! We don't want you to cooperate; so stop offering solutions. We just want your money!"
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    tektek2000 , July 29, 2009 8:13 PM
    When will fair play come with Open Office.. i hate wordpad!! notepad I can deal with.. but wordpad just has to go!!

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    Hanin33 , July 29, 2009 8:55 PM
    it seems like hardly anyone commenting on this was coherent during the time browsers weren't free and microsoft's crap wasn't integrated into the OS so deeply that it could not be practically removed. everyone is complaining that other operating systems have browsers included with them but only 1 person so far as mentioned that those other operating systems can operate just fine without those browsers installed. this is not true with windows and internet exploder... you have no real choice at all... sure you can install other browsers but you will always have to use IE in one shape or the other, so wot choice do you really have? none.... and that is exactly what microsoft wanted/wants and continues to force on all windows users... even this options crap is merely lip service to the real issue... the price of the software has nothing to do with it, although microsoft is responsible for the lack of cost in all browsers since they decided to make IE both integral to windows operation and the default browser anyone sees all for "free"! wake up sheeple!
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    marraco , July 29, 2009 10:10 PM
    The plan is to make the personalized installation so complex, that people annoys, and just alows "default install" with anything from MS
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    acecombat , July 29, 2009 10:28 PM
    mrkenanSafari is not a necessary system component in OSX. It can be uninstalled without any problems, however, IE is a completely different story.

    Not in Win7 - Can be removed from there!
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