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[6]: 0.5% share threshold
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Jul 2009 17:02 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: 0.5% share threshold"
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"In the end, over 95% of people buy OEM machines - those won't have the ballot. OEMs will preselect a browser for them.

I'm still unclear on that point. Molly seems to feel that OEM boxes *would* have the ballot screen, as she seems to have information indicating that the ballot plan would preclude browser makers paying OEMs for inclusion.

Well, all I can go on now is this, from the EC announcement:

"In addition OEMs would be able to install competing web browsers, set those as default and disable Internet Explorer should they so wish."

This indicates they can circumvent the ballot screen.

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