Microsoft’s browser choice ballot screen officially launches today via a regular Windows update. It will give you the choice of replacing Internet Explorer with another browser of your choice and is the final move in Microsoft’s long anti-trust tussle with the EU. What browser are you going to plump for?
The browser ballot is confined to Windows users in the EU. When owners of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 install the Windows Update, they’ll be given a ballot screen with the five most used browsers – Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer – presented first.
A further seven browsers – AOL, Maxthon, K-Meleon, Flock, Avant Browser, Sleipnir and Slim Browser – are also available through the browser ballot screen by scrolling across. Microsoft says order of browsers on the first and second screen is random. Some are claiming that their coding means that’s not actually the case though not that Microsoft have done so deliberately.
The arrival of Microsoft’s browser choice ballot is probably part of what’s inspired Google’s massive advertising blitz to promote Google Chrome. But while the EU’s decision to force Microsoft to offer a choice might be pleasing to Google now, it’s also got it’s own problems with the Google anti-trust investigations.
Out now | £free | Microsoft