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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1% by the end of 2014, as observed by StatCounter, making Pakistan the third country where UC Browser leads as the top browser choice.
The software giantwas hit with the fineby the European Commission for failing to offer a browser choice page for 14 months following its upgrade to Windows 7 in early 2011.
In 2009, in order to resolve other competition concerns, Microsoft undertook to offer users a browser choice screen allowing them to download a browser other than Explorer.
BRUSSELS, March 6 (KUNA) -- The European Commission announced today that it has imposed a 561 million euro fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with its commitments to offer users a browser choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser.
supposed to provide a browser choice screen in versions of Windows shipped in
In a statement, Microsoft conceded it had "fallen short" of its responsibility, while acknowledging that it was required to provide the browser choice screen, or BCS.
The European Commission said users in the 27-country European Union were not offered the browser choice from February 2011 until now -- a statement confirmed by Microsoft.
Opera led the battle in Brussels against Microsoft bundling its Windows software and Internet Explorer, which eventually saw Microsoft sending a browser choice screen to some 200 million computers in Europe.
Other developments with the potential to upset the applecart are the approval of the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal, the appeal for net neutrality and Microsoft Windows' extension of its web browser choice beyond Internet Explorer, starting next month.
Firefox makes a good browser choice for anyone, but especially for users who want to purposefully avoid Internet Explorer (and ActiveX) or who don't need the finest granularity (e.
Challenging claims by Warren-Boulton that users want browser choice, Microsoft attorney Michael Lacovara cited Microsoft focus groups that found that users valued a closer integration between operating system and browser, and criticized Warren-Boulton for not including mention of the focus group within his written testimony.
The company could not impose a browser choice on its clientele, and, according to Speros, Java is truly browser-independent.