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Microsoft welcomes European Commission market testing announcement

A statement by Brad Smith, regarding the European Commission’s decision to market test a set of measures Microsoft has offered as a way to ensure more browser choice on Windows PCs including:

  • Make that competing browsers can be downloaded from ballot screen
  • Ensure equivalent placement on Windows 7 taskbar for IE and all other browser icons
  • Add introductory information, improving design of ballot page about each browser to help users make more informed choices
  • Alphabetize list of browsers with five most popular listed first (by vendor), followed by next seven most popular, so that 12 choices’re displayed in total
  • Provide browser ballot to users for five years

Microsoft officials said they’re planning to use Windows Update to push the browser ballot to Windows PCs, including Windows 7. Microsoft officials also pledged on Oct 7 to do more to share interoperability information regarding Windows, Windows Server, Office, Exchange and SharePoint with other software makers. The company also said it would address security software vendors’ concerns by disclosing “certain programming interfaces addressed by Microsoft’s own security products.”

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