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Windows 7: EU Vista, XP users will also get to vote IE off island


28 Jul 2009   #1

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EU Vista, XP users will also get to vote IE off island

Upon closer inspection, Microsoft's browser ballot proposal for the EU is much more drastic than one would expect. Users will choose from up to 10 different browsers. And it won't be limited to Windows 7 users; the ballot screen will be pushed as an update to current Windows XP and Windows Vista users. PC manufacturers will also have the option of shipping one or more third-party browsers in place of IE8 without fear of retaliation from Microsoft. It's a big change for a company that just last month wanted Windows 7 to be shipped in Europe without Internet Explorer 8 so as to avoid a ballot screen in the first place.

The balloting process will last for five years from the date the European Commission agrees to it, which pushes it into Windows 8 territory. So let's look at the nitty gritty of the browser ballot announced late last week.

Full Story: http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/07/eu-vista-xp-users-will-also-get-to-vote-ie-off-the-island.ars

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28 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 7229
 
 

This is getting out of hand. If Windows wants to ship IE with THEIR operating system, then they should be allowed to do so. People who don't want to use IE don't have too... I myself use Firefox and IE came with my operating system.
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28 Jul 2009   #3

vista x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Copyright View Post
This is getting out of hand. If Windows wants to ship IE with THEIR operating system, then they should be allowed to do so. People who don't want to use IE don't have too... I myself use Firefox and IE came with my operating system.
I agree and the next thing MS will have to offer a ballot box for sticky notes, paint, ftp, disk defrag, sound recorder and etc.

Sooner than later I hope Apple gets nailed for doing the same thing MS keeps getting nailed for. I can dream right
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29 Jul 2009   #4
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Sammy,

I am a big Mac fan, however, I have to agree 100%. I use Firefox on both the Mac OS and in Win 7. It will have to happen sooner or later; in fact I am surprise that Mircosoft hasn't pulled an Opera in the EU against Apple. Wouldn't blame if they did.
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29 Jul 2009   #5

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
in fact I am surprise that Mircosoft hasn't pulled an Opera in the EU against Apple. Wouldn't blame if they did.
That sounds cool...

But Opera might get there first!
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29 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

lol I can just see the XP users going "wtf" when they get the update as they many will not have been keeping up with developments.
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29 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It would be interesting to know what browser(s) the members of this sub-committee are using on their computers, especially if they are using Windows. If they are using a form of IE, then that would be classed as hypocritical. Mind you, would that be of any surprise with politicians?
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29 Jul 2009   #8

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
If they are using a form of IE, then that would be classed as hypocritical. Mind you, would that be of any surprise with politicians?
As to the last it would surprise me they weren't.

As to the first, i fail to see the hypocrisy. They're just functionaries doing the job they are paid to do. Their personal preferences for browsers are immaterial.

You have the EU parliament, they are politicians they make the laws. You have the EU committees they are the law enforcement.

Don't blame the police officer for citing you for speeding. Blame yourself or the politicians who made the law.
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29 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Most corporate pcs use IE in my experience, I cant see that being any different for EU staff.
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29 Jul 2009   #10

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