Just when it seemed like Microsoft's European anti-trust tangle on browser choice in Windows was over, trouble is stirring again.
Opera Software has told The Reg that it has informed the European Union of a possible problem with a fix that was designed to make Internet Explorer in Windows comply with EU antitrust law. Opera has also informed Microsoft.
Opera said the browser-ballot screen Microsoft introduced to Windows so users could pick a browser rather than take Internet Explorer by default is being almost completely hidden by a set of 10 IE configuration screens. Opera illustrated the problem at The Reg's San-Francisco, California, offices with a set of screen shots taken from a Thinkpad X31 running Windows XP SP2.
That is lame. In order for that to happen the user would need to be using IE is the default browser, but have never launched it and finished the installation process by applying their configurations. When I got the Browser choice screen there where 2 windows... One to inform me I had an "important?" choice to make and one to select a browser.
Personal I don't like adware, even if it does come from the EU! via Windows update.