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    Microsoft offers web browser choice to IE users

    Millions of European Internet Explorer (IE) users will have the option to choose an alternative browser from 1 March, Microsoft has announced.



    It follows a legal agreement between Microsoft and Europe's Competition Commission in December 2009.



    Microsoft committed to letting Windows PC users across Europe install the web browser of their choice, rather than having Microsoft IE as a default.



    Figures suggest that over half the world's internet users have IE.



    Testing for the update is already underway in the UK, Belgium and France.



    The software update choice will arrive automatically for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 customers, according to a blog post by Dave Heiner, Microsoft's vice president and deputy general counsel.



    The blog also contains screen grabs of the message as it will appear.



    "Users who get the choice screen will be free to choose any browser or stick with the browser they have, as they prefer," wrote Mr Heiner.



    Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera are the alternative browsers that people will be offered.



    "Millions of people who have never really thought about which browser to use will now be forced to make a choice," said BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones on his blog.



    "That presents Microsoft's rivals with a unique marketing opportunity."



    Mozilla Foundation chair Mitchell Baker described the news as "an important milestone towards helping people take control of their online lives."



    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8524019.stm

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    Re: Microsoft offers web browser choice to IE users

    Nice article, I found it funny microsoft and europe had an agreement not let people use other browsers.. I wonder if it was in public or household.. cause that would suck to be using IE for their whole lives.. it will be hard for them to choose lol.



    I however do not understand why they would be forced to use a browser, and not have their own choice in the first place.

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    Re: Microsoft offers web browser choice to IE users

    IE doesn't support CSS3, which is a great disadvantage to the highly customized good looking websites. However, it seems the next versions of IE are going to be compatible with CSS3. Hope its worth it, a perfect example of this is my forum if you check the theme changer we got, it works on all browsers except IE. On IE, it gives a error. lol

    But who cares, majority of our users are not complaining.

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    Re: Microsoft offers web browser choice to IE users

    Lol that's true. I am surprised Micr$oft didn't figure it out to begin with and go ahead and make it compatible.

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    Re: Microsoft offers web browser choice to IE users

    IE8 is also the slowest dare I say "modern" web browser out of that bunch.

    It also sadly scores a 17/100 on the Acid3 standards test.

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    Re: Microsoft offers web browser choice to IE users

    I was so glad when I read this, it was the first bit of justice in the internet world that i've seen in a long time.

    [quote name="Macster"]Nice article, I found it funny microsoft and europe had an agreement not let people use other browsers.. I wonder if it was in public or household.. cause that would suck to be using IE for their whole lives.. it will be hard for them to choose lol.



    I however do not understand why they would be forced to use a browser, and not have their own choice in the first place.[/quote]

    They never forced us to use IE, they just preinstalled it on all windows pc's.

    You where always free to download a new browser.

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