Skip to comments.EU: 100 million Microsoft users to choose browser
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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And what will the EU do if 80% of users choose IE?
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.
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...
How the heck did Firefox get on my PCs? Oh, yeah, I downloaded it years ago. I must be ahead of the curve...
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
Then they get what they deserve.
I suppose like every other decision in life, Euros will do what their Masters tell them to do.
How about a browser called Linux?
With the EU now ruled by 27 unelected apparatchiks its interesting they are so concerned about choices.
There must not be freedom of choice in the EUSSR. Everyone else knows how to internet.
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.
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?
I chose Firefox 3.6 running on Ubuntu Linux. It just works.