Feeds

Microsoft finally debuts Euro-choose-a-browser screen

Enforced choice for those who don't care

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Microsoft has unveiled its EU-mandated Web browser choice screen, and will start rolling it out next week.

Redmond's deputy general counsel Dave Heiner warned Explorer users "what to expect", in a not at all grudging blog posting.

He said the design and operation of the screen "was worked out in the course of extensive discussions with the Commission and is reflected in the commitment that Microsoft made."

The UK, Belgium and France will get the first crack at the screen, which will be rolled out through Windows update to users who are running Explorer as their default browser. A phased roll-out to the rest of Europe will begin from March 1.

Windows 7 users will have IE automatically "unpinned" from their task bars as part of the process.

At the same time, users will get a screen warning that they have "an important choice to make", before getting the following list of what Microsoft describes as "leading browsers".

The list is presented - as per the agreement with the EU - in random order. Still, it's interesting to note that in Microsoft's posting, Explorer has been discretely pushed to almost the end of the list. Additional browsers can be seen by scrolling to the right

Microsoft browser ballot screen

Uses who realise that yes, they've already wanted to try something other than Explorer but were afraid to ask, can click for more info or just go crazy and install Opera or Chrome or whatever there and then.

The process seems relatively straightforward. But even so it illustrates the problem with the issue.

Those users who do not have automatic updates enabled, and who do not manually access updates are probably the same ones who are least aware that there are alternatives to Internet Explorer out there. And probably don't care. Those users who are likely to use an alternative browser are probably doing so already. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.