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12-05-2009, 12:17 PM #1
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.
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.
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12-05-2009, 12:31 PM #2
First. Yes I want a cookie!
12-05-2009, 01:05 PM #3
internet explorer is really bad i would expect firefox and safari 2 b head 2 head
12-05-2009, 01:18 PM #4
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12-05-2009, 02:28 PM #7
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.
12-05-2009, 03:14 PM #8
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.
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12-05-2009, 04:11 PM #9
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12-05-2009, 04:35 PM #10
What does this have to do with the iPhone?He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
12-05-2009, 06:13 PM #11
doing the double facepalm god my exact feelings LOLkillall Terminal
12-05-2009, 06:23 PM #12
12-05-2009, 07:21 PM #13
No more name calling or insulting please! Play nice!
"Always remember your special and unique!"
12-05-2009, 07:46 PM #14
12-05-2009, 09:48 PM #15
I still stick with FireFox and Safari, but I still keep Internet Explorer for Windows Updates.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
12-05-2009, 11:57 PM #16
Rota....dude... forget the haters. You rock man!!!
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12-06-2009, 02:31 AM #17
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.
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12-06-2009, 03:20 AM #18Old News...
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
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