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Microsoft unveils European web browser plans

Microsoft proposals aim to appease Euro regulators

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Software giant Microsoft has revealed its latest proposal in a bid to appease European competition regulators over the bundling of its Internet Explorer browser with its Windows operating system.

Under the proposals consumers who buy a new Windows-based PC will see a ballot-screen, which allows them to choose alternative browsers to its own Internet Explorer browser such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

To find out more about alternative browsers read our first look reviews of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

If this proposal is ultimately accepted, Microsoft will ship Windows in Europe with the full functionality available in the rest of the world rather than the limited Windows E version announced by the company on July 11, this year. This ‘E’ version will ship without the IE8 browser.

EU welcomes proposals

The European Commission welcomes the announcement and in a statement said: ‘This [Microsoft’s proposal] followed extensive discussions with the Commission… whereby consumers would be shown a “ballot screen” from which they could – if they wished – easily install competing web browsers, set one of those browsers as a default, and disable Internet Explorer.
The Commission welcomes this proposal, and will now investigate its practical effectiveness in terms of ensuring genuine consumer choice.’

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