Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jul 2009 19:10 UTC
Internet & Networking We've been talking about the browser ballot screen for a while now, which led to some obvious questions we couldn't answer. As it turns out (and I completely missed this), Microsoft actually posted a fairly detailed description of its proposal [.doc] on its website last Friday. It details everything from what it means not to have Internet Explorer installed to what the ballot screen will look like.
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Download on Windows install?
by jokkel on Tue 28th Jul 2009 20:59 UTC
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When I read the paper from Microsoft, I noticed the following:

"An “install” link will connect to a vendor-managed distribution server, which, upon the user’s confirmation, can directly download the installation package of the selected web browser"

So let's assume I install Windows from a CD and don't have an internet connection set up already. Then I won't be able to download a different browser, because it would have to be downloaded from the internet.
This situation will also occur, when I buy a new PC and it's internet connection is not setup already.

Granted this situation hasn't happened to me in the last 8 years. I always had a LAN or WiFi network I could easily connect to.

The best news on this browser ballot is, that it'll also be on Vista and Windows XP. All newspapers will run stories on the alternative browsers, when the ballot is pushed out by Microsoft on auto-update. This is a great thing for the other browsers.

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