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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. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Firefox FTW! Poor Safari lol.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by btung View Post
      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.
      Sorry Grammar Nazi, you have no jurisdiction here. Please send in the Punctuation Nazi.

      Furthermore, please be advised that the Capitalization Nazi is currently en route to your location...
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      This was actually old news. It was in alphabetical order until Opera and Mozilla yelled about it because Apple was first and IE had middle. It only came back because microsoft is now making it random to keep the others quiet.
    1. Meglomaniac's Avatar
      Meglomaniac -
      so if microsft gets forced to do this shouldntmac os x get forced the same way no standard browser and a nice list of at least 5 browsers to choose from ?

      or does this only apply o microsoft ?
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      You're retarded



      Those people get a virus because they're stupid.
      Agreed!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Sorry Grammar Nazi, you have no jurisdiction here. Please send in the Punctuation Nazi.

      Furthermore, please be advised that the Capitalization Nazi is currently en route to your location...
      lol
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      It's about time
    1. mr.sparky's Avatar
      mr.sparky -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      You're retarded

      ha....I was just going to say that........