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Old 21. Feb 2010, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting tomorrow, 22nd Feb, Microsoft will begin rolling out their Web browser choice screen to Windows users in the UK, France and Belgium, then to the rest of Europe around 1st March.

If it applies to you, you can read about what to expect and how it will work from Microsoft here
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Old 21. Feb 2010, 07:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I find it hard to believe it has come to this. Microsoft makes Widows. Windows Has a default browser Internet Explorer that is produced by Microsoft.

Now After the untold amounts of money has gone in to the litigation process. The solution is to give people a GUI for selecting their default browser.

This almost compares to warning people that birth control pills do not protect against STD's.

Its good thing some people don't need to be reminded to breathe.

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Old 24. Feb 2010, 12:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Downloaded the MS update, it was marked as high priority ?.... anyway, nothing happened, no choice screen, no desktop icon or anything. Might be because I don't have IE set as default, who knows. Did a search and found it, but couldn't launch it.... not that I needed to, I just wanted to see what happened out of interest. So maybe it only shows on new machines or ones that have IE as default, here in Europe.

So I never got to see which 12 browsers are offered as an alternative to IE on my PC and had to go and find them on the internet instead. They're all here, for anyone who might be interested, quite a good choice really and I was surprised to see Sleipnir included on the list.
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The thing I am interested in is to see how this changes the browser use statistics over the next few months. My bet is that it will make very little difference, and the time and money spent forcing MS to do this was just a huge waste. I will bet too that there will be those that claim that it made a difference, when in reality it was because of the countries like Germany and France, recommending that their citizens start using an alternative browser back when the IE / Google thing hit the fan.

I think the whole thing is ludicrous. Maybe the next thing will be that they'll try to force MS to include a version of Linux with the install disk, and a menu that gives the choice of which to install.
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... Maybe the next thing will be that they'll try to force MS to include a version of Linux with the install disk, and a menu that gives the choice of which to install.
Hmmm, that's is unlikely, unless I'm manufacturing PCs and MS doesn't stop me doing that.
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I agree with wdhpr and Ritho... the whole exercise is, and will be useless. Its just a matter of picking on MS I think. Its their OS, why can't they bundle their own browser with it. It should be their right, since they worked on the OS. To me, its ridiculous. Will the community provide such a ballot screen on Linux distros, and include Internet Explorer?
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Umm..well Internet Explorer won't run natively on Linux, Anupam. (I know some have gotten it to run in WINE)
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Umm..well Internet Explorer won't run natively on Linux, Anupam. (I know some have gotten it to run in WINE)
LOL, I know . You missed my point. I wanted to say, that IF, IE did work on Linux(with all its security holes ), would they include it? ... the point is about turning things around .
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... Will the community provide such a ballot screen on Linux distros, and include Internet Explorer?
Does Internet Explorer run on Linux? Oops, I would think certainly the community will if MS makes a Linux version of it.
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Does Internet Explorer run on Linux? Oops, I would think certainly the community will if MS makes a Linux version of it.
I doubt it . Why don't the various distros give a ballot screen, and provide users with different choices of browsers, rather than bundling a browser of their own choice, like Konqueror, or Firefox. I am not a MS fan, but talking about how things get ridiculous sometimes.
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