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Microsoft Browser Choice Screen For Europe Starts To Roll Out
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msg:4083524
 4:04 pm on Feb 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

Microsoft Browser Choice Screen For Europe Starts To Roll Out [microsoftontheissues.com]
Over the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin offering a “Web browser choice screen” to Internet Explorer users in Europe, as required by the European Commission. Internal testing of the choice screen is underway now. We’ll begin a limited roll-out externally next week, and expect that a full scale roll-out will begin around March 1, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.First, a little background. In December, the European Commission and Microsoft arrived at a resolution of a number of long-standing competition law issues. Microsoft made a legally binding commitment that PC manufacturers and users will continue to be able to install any browser on Windows, to make any browser the default browser, and to turn access to Internet Explorer on or off. In addition, Microsoft agreed to use Windows Update to provide a browser choice screen to Windows users in Europe who are running Internet Explorer as their default browser. This browser choice screen will present a list of browsers, with links to learn more about them and install them. The design and operation of this choice screen was worked out in the course of extensive discussions with the Commission and is reflected in the commitment that Microsoft made. Users who get the choice screen will be free to choose any browser or stick with the browser they have, as they prefer.

External testing of the choice screen will begin next week in three countries: the United Kingdom, Belgium and France. Anyone in those countries who wishes to test it can download the browser choice screen software update from Windows Update. We plan to begin a phased roll-out of the update across Europe the week of March 1.


 

Brett_Tabke




msg:4088353
 8:53 am on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

>I'm not sure I'm understanding how you're arriving at this conclusion either?

Someone else said it best:

>Lots of users will be confused by the screen and will just close it

eg: Microsoft couldn't have written this better if they could have tried. This just adds to microsofts market share in browsers and operating systems.

Bones




msg:4088380
 12:15 pm on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

>Lots of users will be confused by the screen and will just close it

eg: Microsoft couldn't have written this better if they could have tried. This just adds to microsofts market share in browsers and operating systems.


*sigh*

How does it add to Microsoft's market share in operating systems? Linux/mac users aren't going to see the pop-up choice, so they're not going to suddenly switch to Windows. Windows users aren't suddenly going to buy another PC and install Windows on it when they might've otherwise been thinking about buying a mac, just because they've seen a pop-up about their browser preference.

From the article (which few people seem to have read): "In addition, Microsoft agreed to use Windows Update to provide a browser choice screen to Windows users in Europe who are running Internet Explorer as their default browser."

If 99 people out of a hundred get confused and just hit cancel, fair enough, there's still one that might install a different browser other than IE - thereby reducing IE's market share. This can't *increase* IE's market share it's only shown to Windows users already using IE as their default browser. So if 100% of people get confused and close it, or see the pop-up and still choose IE, they were using IE anyway so the number of IE users won't increase - it'll stay the same and those users will lead their lives as they did the day before.

The choice gives people the option to walk away from IE or stick where they are - it's not asking Firefox users to suddenly switch to IE and most certainly is not asking people to make a choice about their OS (!).

kaled




msg:4088488
 7:23 pm on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

If nothing else, some people who didn't know before will learn that other browsers exist. That said, if the choice screen is as badly designed as has been described (with a horizontal scrollbar?) then I'd slap another fine on Microsoft for taking the pith.

Kaled.

tangor




msg:4088511
 8:16 pm on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

No need to go with descriptions, there's many screenshots of the app... and some sites have even tested the randomness of the offering, with Chrome tending to beat the rest for spot number one. Also appears this update will only appear for Europe, and only for those (after update) that currently have IE set as the default or is a new install. Looks like a very nice alternative to not having ANY browser installed...which was the original MS solution... which I personally think they should have taken.

mack




msg:4088517
 8:38 pm on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

>>No need to go with descriptions, there's many screenshots of the app

All you need to do is visit [browserchoice.eu...] it is the center section of that page that is framed within the app.

Mack.

tangor




msg:4088531
 9:14 pm on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Does show the screen... other screen shots out there show the random factor.

mack




msg:4088618
 11:38 pm on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

That page is random on each load. It's that page that's used in the browser choice screen.

Mack.

MartinWeb




msg:4104183
 2:24 am on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Just pointing this out: Is this going to happen to Google Chrome OS , Linux OS, and Max OS too?

bill




msg:4105009
 6:34 am on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Not unless the EU requires it.

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