Microsoft changing IE default browser installs process

Microsoft, in response to complaints that Internet Explorer 8 was being designated as the default browser during some installations, will change the express installation process starting this week, the software giant told a U.S. district judge. Options presented to Windows users were "unclear," the U.S. Department of Justice said in the antitrust status report. "The Express option […]

Microsoft, in response to complaints that Internet Explorer 8 was being designated as the default browser during some installations, will change the express installation process starting this week, the software giant told a U.S. district judge. Options presented to Windows users were "unclear," the U.S. Department of Justice said in the antitrust status report. "The Express option is most often selected by unsophisticated users who would then lose their prior default selection of a non-Microsoft browser," the DOJ said in the report. "Even though it was possible for the user to revert to the original default browser, [the state plaintiffs in the antitrust case] were concerned that the Express process was confusing, especially for unsophisticated users." Instead of the express install reverting to IE as the default browser, the IE installation will now have a default browser screen before the express install that offers "the user a clear choice with respect to the browser default setting," the report said.