Microsoft lost the Web-war against EU
Are you using Windows and Internet Explorer as the default browser?
Then you are probably eligible to vote in the upcoming browser elections kicks off shortly.
In March Microsoft sent out an update that allows the user to select the browser again. The update is now being tested internally at Microsoft.
The so-called browser choice is a result of negotiations between Microsoft and the European Commission.
They led to a legally binding agreement which, among other things, alleges that Microsoft will allow all European users of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, with IE as default browser, choose the browser again. The company will also make it possible to turn off and on IE.
According to the Commission affected over 100 million users in Europe.
This update contains a new browser window in which the 12 most popular web browsers – including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera – are presented in random order, with information on programs from the respective developers.
The user can choose to install one or more browsers.
The contents of the browser election and will be updated every six months. Even now you can see how it looks on www.browserchoice.eu.
The update is automatically installed via Windows Update or the user is encouraged to download and install it, depending on what operating system you use.
Microsoft said that those who do not have automatic updates enabled browser can get through the election to check for new updates on Windows Update. Companies can make their IT department to take care of the election.
The commission said that Microsoft, for many years are automatically tied the Internet Explorer browser to Windows. The Commission believes that Microsoft’s dominance is likely to restrict the user’s choice of browser and also hit the company’s competitors and lead to fewer innovative products on the market.
In October 2009 Microsoft promises to implement a number of measures to eliminate the EU Commission believes impede competition. A few months later, those promises are made legally binding for a period of five years.