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[4]: 0.5% share threshold
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Jul 2009 16:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 0.5% share threshold"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Sure, it's yet another annoying thing Windows users have to do after unboxing their computers. But choice of browser is an important part of installation. Certainly more important than clicking through license agreements for the crapplets so thoughtfully installed for users by the OEM.


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 pretty sure when I say that the ballot will not change a darn thing, because all it does is move the responsibility from Microsoft down to the OEMs - who will pick whoever delivers the biggest sack of money: Google or Microsoft.

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RE[5]: 0.5% share threshold
by sbergman27 on Tue 28th Jul 2009 17:00 in reply to "RE[4]: 0.5% share threshold"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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 of their product.

Indeed, that is a make or break condition.

Edited 2009-07-28 17:02 UTC

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RE[6]: 0.5% share threshold
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Jul 2009 17:02 in reply to "RE[5]: 0.5% share threshold"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"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.
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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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