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Microsoft to Comply With EU Browser Request

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: October 7, 2009 08:49AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Microsoft has announced that it intends to fully comply with European Union regulators by giving users the option of picking their web browser. If the initial trial program is successful, Microsoft will need to continue the program for five years. This change comes due to the regulators believing that installing Internet Explorer on all Windows PCs is anti-competitive. This will be done through a ballot screen which will inform users that there are different choices when it comes to web browsers. The user will then be able to choose which browser they wish to install. This functionality will come standard with Windows 7, and will be available for XP and Vista through Windows Update.



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tkrow21 on October 7, 2009 01:30PM
What about Notepad? Firewall? Windows Generic Drivers? Get rid of those! :P
Zertz on October 7, 2009 01:45PM
Don't worry, someone else will whine and cry to the EU and have those banned as well!
Compxpert on October 7, 2009 07:41PM
I don't think this just applies the the EU version also as I heard they are no longer producing an EU exclusive version with this and WMP removed.
CheeseMan42 on October 7, 2009 05:27PM
They do sort of have a point. Most people don't know there is something out there other than IE.
potatochobit on October 7, 2009 08:33PM
How will you update windows if you do not have IE 6 or later on your computer?
d3bruts1d on October 8, 2009 02:55AM
Windows Update as of Vista no longer uses a web browser, instead it's baked into the OS.

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