Web browser choice screen

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Web browser choice screen

An earlier selection screen in Windows that enabled users to select a default browser from most of the available browsers on the market. Also known as the "ballot screen," it was accessed automatically from Internet Explorer in Windows computers sold in Europe as part of a 2009 settlement in the European Union/Microsoft antitrust case. However, it was also a useful Web page for Windows users to learn about other browsers and install them.


Some of the Choices
Users could select a popular browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera, but also from lesser-known browsers such as these. The choices were updated periodically.
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With Internet Explorer facing strong competition from Google and Mozilla, a browser ballot screen that is no more, and a new OS on the horizon, Internet Explorer is in a place where it needs a big showing with Windows 10 to make sure that its market share remains ahead of the competition, neowin reported.
The browser ballot screen was set as a requirement by the Commission after Microsoft was found to have breached European Union competition laws by bundling Internet Explorer browser with the Windows OS.
But the EEC is counting Apple Safari users on Apple operating systems to determine position and placement on the Windows browser ballot screen.
Microsoft has revamped the browser ballot screen demanded by European Union antitrust regulators and may get final approval as early as Dec.
Although Microsoft has not gotten the green light from EU antitrust regulators that the so-called browser ballot screen scheme will be accepted, it was confident enough in its chances to back away from a Europe-only edition.