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Browser Ballot Screen

Browser Ballot Screen

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If you live in the UK and use Windows XP,Windows Vista or Windows 7 expect a new Windows update with a Browser Ballot Screen.

This process was originally planned when Microsoft finally agreed to change the way it bundled an internet browser with its Operating Systems in 2009, at the demands of the European Union.

To kickstart the ballot screen, the UK, France and Belgium will begin to get a Windows Update this week, commencing February 22nd, with a Europe wide rollout on March 1st 2010.

The Microsoft on the Issues blog has this to say about the new ballot screen:

“The browser choice screen, shown below [see pic], will present you with a list of leading browsers. In keeping with our agreement with the European Commission, this list is presented in random order. You can also scroll to the right to see additional browsers, which are also presented in random order. The browsers that are listed and the content relating to them will be updated from time to time. The screen provides three options: Click on “Install” to install one of the listed browsers. Click on “Tell me more” to get more information about any of the browsers. These links (and the browser logos and associated text) are provided by each browser vendor. Click on “Select Later” to review the choice screen the next time you log onto your computer. This software update will also add a shortcut to your desktop, from which you can launch the choice screen at any time.”

Do you think a ballot screen is useful or will it cause more problems for end-users?

Source: Microsoft

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