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After a long run of anti-trust suits, Microsoft has finally come to an agreement with the EU about how to solve the internet browser problem. The problem is that Microsoft delivers Windows bundled with Internet Explorer, which competing software developers claim is a breach of anti-trust laws.
The solution? When a fresh install of Microsoft Windows is made, the user gets a ballot screen, in which twelve candidates are displayed. The candidates are:
- Chrome (Google)
- Firefox (Mozilla)
- Internet Explorer (Microsoft)
- Opera (Opera Software)
- Safari (Apple)
- AOL (AOL)
- Maxthon (Maxthon)
- K-Meleon (K-Meleon)
- Flock (Flock)
- Avant Browser (Avant Force)
- Sleipnir (Fenrir)
- Slim Browser (FlashPeak)
The ballot screen will first display this page:
When you click “OK”, you will then be taken to this page:
From here, all you need to do is simply to choose the browser you want, and that is what you’ll get. If you want more, you can of course download and install them on your own.
My only issue here is the sheer number of browsers, and I’ve got to admit, while I had tried a few of these browsers, I had never even heard of half of them. Still, the fact that the five dominant browsers are listed first, is a good thing, the other seven will only be shown if you actually scroll right. If you’re interested, you’ll do just that. If not, you won’t – simple as that.