Browser choice to surprise BritsMillions of European users to see ‘browser ballot’

25 February 2010

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Microsoft will send an unexpected software update to millions of Windows users next week designed to give them a better choice of browser.

If you use Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 you’ll receive the update after March 1. Once it’s installed, when you click on the blue ‘E’ to launch Internet Explorer you’ll see the so-called browser ballot screen.

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Choose from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and more

The screen will offer you a choice of alternative browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Opera, and will affect as many as 195 million people in 32 European countries.

For a more informed choice, read our reviews of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Internet Explore

Browser ballot screen will come as a surprise

However, the majority of British people will be surprised to see the screen as 77% don’t know that the browser screen is coming, according to a poll by YouGov.

In a bid to raise awareness Mozilla has written an open letter, which it hopes will encourage people to talk about browser choice.

'It's an important choice because the Web browser has become one of the most critical and trusted relationships of our modern lives – with nearly perfect knowledge of everything we do. It is the lens through which we look at the virtual world, and the medium by which we connect, learn, share, and collaborate,' says the letter, written by Mitchell Baker, Mozilla chair & John Lilly, the company's CEO.

Browser ballot meets EC requirement

Microsoft is introducing the browser ballot screen to resolve a long term issue over competition with the European Commission.

To find more details of what to expect from the browser ballot see here.

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