European Commission welcomes Microsoft proposals on web browsers

On 24 July 2009 the European Commission welcomed the proposal by Microsoft to include a ballot screen for consumers to select the web browser(s) they wish to use with Windows.

Under Microsoft’s proposal, Windows 7 would include Internet Explorer but consumers could easily choose to install competing web browsers by means of the ballot screen. In addition, OEMs would be able to install competing web browsers and disable the Internet Explorer.

The Commission has not yet determined how the proposed solution will affect its case against Microsoft but will investigate whether the proposals would remedy the concerns raised by the tying of the Internet Explorer to Windows. [Juha Vesala]