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EU: 100 million Microsoft users to choose browser
Yahoo News ^ | 3/2/2010 | AOIFE WHITE

Posted on 03/02/2010 9:16:14 AM PST by Dallas59

BRUSSELS – Some 100 million Europeans using Microsoft software will be asked to choose among rival Web browsers by mid-May under a deal the company struck to settle antitrust action, the European Union said Tuesday.

Microsoft Corp. is starting this month to send updates to Windows computers in Europe so that when computer users log on, they will see a pop-up screen asking them to pick one or more of 12 free Web browsers to download and install, including Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

The EU's executive commission said giving consumers the chance to try an alternative to Explorer, which comes with the widely used Windows operating system, would "bring more competition and innovation in this important area."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: browser; microsoft
Didn't Europeans always have a choice? I've used Firefox since it came out. No problems on Windows XP, Vista and now 7.
1 posted on 03/02/2010 9:16:14 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

And what will the EU do if 80% of users choose IE?


2 posted on 03/02/2010 9:17:48 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Dallas59

yes the EU bureaucrats are convinced that PC users are too moronic to figure out how to install firefox or chrome or safari or ....

Do Euros only use the apps that come pre-installed on their computers? that would explain a lot.


3 posted on 03/02/2010 9:17:59 AM PST by jtal
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
And what will the EU do if 80% of users choose IE?

They'll fine Micrsoft 5.5 billion Euros.After all,half of the EU's revenues over the last 10 years has come from suing successful US companies like Microsoft,Intel,Boeing...

4 posted on 03/02/2010 9:22:12 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Dallas59

How the heck did Firefox get on my PCs? Oh, yeah, I downloaded it years ago. I must be ahead of the curve...


5 posted on 03/02/2010 9:23:53 AM PST by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

They will forced to use another browser! The only choice that have now is to go to another browser. After this initial period, the choice becomes a mandate! /s


6 posted on 03/02/2010 9:26:24 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
"And what will the EU do if 80% of users choose IE?"

Then they get what they deserve.

7 posted on 03/02/2010 9:30:13 AM PST by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I suppose like every other decision in life, Euros will do what their Masters tell them to do.


8 posted on 03/02/2010 9:31:44 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Dallas59

How about a browser called Linux?


9 posted on 03/02/2010 9:32:43 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Dallas59

With the EU now ruled by 27 unelected apparatchiks its interesting they are so concerned about choices.


10 posted on 03/02/2010 9:41:28 AM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Dallas59
The EU's executive commission said giving consumers the chance to try an alternative to Explorer, which comes with the widely used Windows operating system, would "bring more competition and innovation in this important area."

There must not be freedom of choice in the EUSSR. Everyone else knows how to internet.

11 posted on 03/02/2010 9:47:10 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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I dont get the problem here..why dont the Euroweenies just use IE to DL FF? This is like punishing McDonalds because people arent going to Burger King.


12 posted on 03/02/2010 10:10:37 AM PST by max americana
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To: Dallas59

Back when Netscape had 60% of the browser market and brought suit against MS there was this choice. The PC I bought back then with IE on it also had an icon to download NS Navigator. Are they trying to say that EU users didn’t have the ability to download Firefox, Opera or any other browser they wanted or just that they are too stupid to know how?


13 posted on 03/02/2010 10:14:42 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Dallas59

I chose Firefox 3.6 running on Ubuntu Linux. It just works.


14 posted on 03/02/2010 4:08:40 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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