Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jul 2009 07:29 UTC
Opera Software Last week, the European Commission announced that Microsoft is willing to implement a browser ballot screen in Windows so that users can select a browser to install when installing Windows or when setting up their OEM computer. While this makes Opera very happy, Opera would like to see Ubuntu and Apple offer such a ballot screen too.
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RE: 0.5% share threshold
by sbergman27 on Tue 28th Jul 2009 15:53 UTC in reply to "0.5% share threshold"
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Neither of these scenarios is desireable to the EC, so they pick the "Opera threshold". What a joke.

Molly, I'm beginning to wonder if you are pro-consumer, or just anti-EC. Your vendetta is showing, and it looks suspiciously similar to that of the rabid MS hating bile-spewers around here. (As opposed to those who simply disapprove and speak out when it is appropriate.)

I'd have expected better from you.

Where to set the bar is a judgement call, and as such people are going to disagree. Personally, I'd go for the top four, which would be IE, FF, Chrome, and Safari. That seems a natural break point, as Opera is in a badly trailing 5th place. (And I'll admit that the highly annoying nature of both its execs and its user-base might contribute to my inclination to leave them out.)

But the ballot screen strategy is, in itself, pretty sound, and is, in my opinion, far and away the best solution. It gives regular users choice... but choice of the "point and click" nature that they can deal with. (Nothing messy like having to know anything or anything hard like that.)

Thom has an idea that forcing MS to make IE more standards compliant is the answer. Not a bad thought. But I put that in the same category as "forcing world peace". How do you do it? What does it mean? How do you measure it? How do you keep them from breaking the web in a way that your tests don't register? I just don't see how that could be executed successfully.

Edited 2009-07-28 15:57 UTC

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