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  • Microsoft to Offer "Ballot Screen" to Pacify EU Regulators?


    Microsoft is believed to be revising a planned antitrust settlement with European Union regulators following a plethora of complaints by browser makers that Microsoft isn't playing fair. As a result, Microsoft agreed to changes on how consumers select Internet browsers on Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Sources familiar with the situation have reportedly stated that the modifications could allow the EU to resolve the matter possibly by the end of next week.

    Lately, Microsoft's struggle to work things out with EU regulators has reminded a lot of people of the lyrics from Katy Perry's popular song Hot N Cold: "You're hot then you're cold. you're 'yes' then you're 'no.' you're in then you're out. You're up then you're down."

    Indeed, there has been no shortage of "directional changes" as the details get ironed out. But according to a report this morning on Apple Insider, the process may finally be close to completion thanks to the emergent talk of a "ballot screen" to remove concern of unfair advantages.

    The modified agreement offers Windows users a "ballot screen" that will randomly list the five top web browsers. Users would be given the option to select a browser that will then be downloaded from the Internet.
    Initially, the European Union's antitrust claim originated from the absorbed theory that Microsoft's inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows was "an abuse of Microsoft's stance in the market."

    Concerns were raised by Opera, Google, and Mozilla over the planned ballot concept when it was first announced due to plans to have the browsers listed in alphabetical order. This would have placed Apple's Safari browser first. "More competition in the browser space will mean greater innovation on the Web and a better user experience for people everywhere," Google spokesman Bill Echikson reportedly said.
    According to data presented by Apple Insider, Internet explorer now captures 63.62% of the market. Firefox claims 24.72 and Safari remains a distant third with only 4.36 percent.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft to Offer "Ballot Screen" to Pacify EU Regulators? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      First. Yes I want a cookie!
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      internet explorer is really bad i would expect firefox and safari 2 b head 2 head
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      First. Yes I want a cookie!
      You're retarded

      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      I'd love if I could have Firefox installed by default on a fresh Windows install. Too bad this won't take off in the US as well, Internet Explorer is terrible and probably the reason 99% of people get viruses.
      Those people get a virus because they're stupid.
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      First. Yes I want a cookie!
      Die.

      I'm also not too certain about the accuracy of yet-to-come Microsoft decisions or information which comes from "Apple Insider".
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      You're retarded
      Thank you!

      Quote Originally Posted by skizo View Post
      Die.
      Sure. I will take your advice. Thanks!
    1. gotjpeg's Avatar
      gotjpeg -
      I don't see why microsoft even has to do this. It's not like the other os's released in the eu have to follow so why should microsoft? If people want to use IE let them.
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      I'd love if I could have Firefox installed by default on a fresh Windows install. Too bad this won't take off in the US as well, Internet Explorer is terrible and probably the reason 99% of people get viruses.
      Oh yes, because having memory leaks on Firefox is a lot less terrible than actually paying attention to what you're doing on Internet Explorer, have fun with your Firefox eating up a gig or more of RAM just by keeping it open for more than a half hour. Firefox is mostly just hype about being "cool and different", the only instances where Firefox stands out is when it comes to cutting edge standards that few, if any, web developers actually use, so 99.99% of websites that you might visit will be virtually the same on either browser.

      And I think it is completely retarded that Microsoft has to do this considering OS X comes preinstalled with Safari, plus it's not exactly difficult to install Firefox.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      You're retarded



      Those people get a virus because they're stupid.
      There's a lot of stupid ppl out there then! Lol!

      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      Oh yes, because having memory leaks on Firefox is a lot less terrible than actually paying attention to what you're doing on Internet Explorer, have fun with your Firefox eating up a gig or more of RAM just by keeping it open for more than a half hour. Firefox is mostly just hype about being "cool and different", the only instances where Firefox stands out is when it comes to cutting edge standards that few, if any, web developers actually use, so 99.99% of websites that you might visit will be virtually the same on either browser.

      And I think it is completely retarded that Microsoft has to do this considering OS X comes preinstalled with Safari, plus it's not exactly difficult to install Firefox.
      I agree with you on the last part, it really isn't that hard to install another browser. Windows should still come preinstalled with IE if they want to.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      What does this have to do with the iPhone?
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      doing the double facepalm god my exact feelings LOL
    1. btung's Avatar
      btung -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      You're retarded
      you don't even know how to use correct grammar. You shouldn't be talking.

      Read the guy's signature. I lied.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      No more name calling or insulting please! Play nice!
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post


      There is so much blatant stupidity and simply wrong information in this post I am surprised you are able to perform day to day functions.

      Besides the fact that I've somehow offended you as a firefox user, please explain how any of my post was incorrect or inaccurate in any way instead of just using memes offering no explanation as to why you feel the way you do.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I still stick with FireFox and Safari, but I still keep Internet Explorer for Windows Updates.
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Rota....dude... forget the haters. You rock man!!!
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Strange that people complain about viruses and IE.

      I've been running IE8 + IE Pro (Addon/extension) and I've yet to have any problems with anything related to viruses and worms.

      Then again I'm safe with my browsing habits.

      I suppose if everyone wanted to be as safe as possible, they would only run their internet browser applications in a VM environment and not allow any access to OS files.

      Just for the funnies, I'll just leave this link here for everyone.
    1. thecork's Avatar
      thecork -
      What i dont get is why mmi and apple insider are posting this now. This is 2 month old news...hardly up to date stuff...jeez.

      Microsoft's browserless Windows 7 E gets EUthanized -- Engadget
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      What does this have to do with the iPhone?
      I was just wondering the same thing. What does it have to do with apple either??
    1. kevin_eire's Avatar
      kevin_eire -
      What about chrome?
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      I was just wondering the same thing. What does it have to do with apple either??
      My only thought about it being related to Apple is that Apple ships OS X with Safari only. But that point would hold no water because OS X doesn't have the market share or clout that Microsoft and Windows has. So i can't think of any reason why this has to do with Apple.

      It's not right that they are regulating what browsers can be in an OS, on any level of market share. If people are too stupid to find an alternative that should be their problem, not lawmakers forcing them to. Politicians don't know what's best for anybody and should let this 'problem' die. Governments have no place in peoples personal computers, or in their everyday life for that matter.