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EU to trial Windows 7's browser ballot feature

updated 09:20 am EDT, Wed October 7, 2009

EU to market test Win 7 browser choice

The European Commission on Wednesday said it would conduct a market test (PDF) of Microsoft's proposed browser ballot feature for Windows 7. The plan will let EU residents buying the Microsoft OS choose from one of multiple major web browsers shortly after they receive the system and use that in place of Internet Explorer. A successful test would make the ballot standard for most European copies and would resolve the ongoing antitrust case accusing the American firm of abusing its Windows monopoly.

As part of the experiment, Microsoft has made changes that should both provide a basic explanation of web browsers to start as well as put competing browsers on a more equal footing.

Commission officials didn't say when they expected the trial to end but are taking comments until November 7th. A decision is likely to be reached on the suitability of the ballot before the end of the year; if accepted, the measure would bind Microsoft to implementing the ballot for at least five years and to allow the Commission to review the approach should it not have the intended effect.

Microsoft said it welcomed the test and hoped it would be "closing a decade-long chapter" of legal trouble in the EU.

The ballot was implemented after the EU rejected an initial proposal that would have shipped Windows 7 without any browsers at all at retail and forced those upgrading their existing computers to either pick up an Internet Explorer disc or otherwise acquire a browser through much more difficult means.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2002

    -3

    s**** 'em

    What's with these Euro-f***? If Microsoft had any balls, they'd tell 'em that Windows 7 works the way it does and to just deal with it.

  1. Eldernorm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2007

    +1

    MS sure weird

    "The ballot was implemented after the EU rejected an initial proposal that would have shipped Windows 7 without any browsers at all at retail and forced those upgrading their existing computers to either pick up an Internet"

    So, you get a computer with out a browser and you should........ go online and download what ever you want?.......... with what? You have no browser. ??????

    Swift Microsoft, just swift. :-(

    Glad the EU caught this and shoved it right back in your face.

    Just a thought,
    en

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    Re: MS sure weird

    They did exactly what the EU wanted. Disconnect the browser from the OS. Don't include it.

    The fact of "how does one get the browser, then" should have been thought of by the EU before asking for stupid resolutions to begin with.

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