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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Will not make any difference
by Isolationist on Mon 27th Jul 2009 12:17 UTC
Isolationist
Member since:
2006-05-28

The majority of users will probably just ignore Opera from the ballot box and click on the browser they've heard of (e.g. IE or Firefox). I think it is just wishful thinking on Opera to think this will make a significant difference to the usage of their browser.

If I was in the business of writing my own distro, I wouldn't want the added complexity of providing an option during installation or user setup, and then the extra work to integrate all the different browsers.

Something like this would have a made a difference many years ago when browsers were finding their way in the market, but I think the moment has already passed now as you can easily interchange between them and your favourite website still works (in most cases).

Edited 2009-07-27 12:22 UTC

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RE: Will not make any difference
by hangman on Mon 27th Jul 2009 22:04 in reply to "Will not make any difference"
hangman Member since:
2007-09-05

I think it is just wishful thinking on Opera to think this will make a significant difference to the usage of their browser.

Actually, Mozilla and Google are part of the complaint as well. Are they just engaging in wishful thinking as well?

Remember, Opera's market share in Europe is higher than Safari and Chrome combined!

Also, Opera will benefit from this because more people will realize that there are alternatives, and even if just a few of them get curious and select Opera, it is still to Opera's benefit.

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