Opera Unhappy With Windows Browser Ballot

By on April 4, 2010
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Accuses Microsoft of obscuring the browser ballot screen with IE configurations.

Hakon Wium Lie, Opera’s Chief of Technology, told The Register that the Windows browser ballot screen, a design to make the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows comply with EU anti-trust law, is being hidden by IE configurations.

Opera demonstrated the problem at The Register’s office with a Thinkpad X31 running Windows XP 2. With a set of screenshots, Opera illustrated that the browser ballot screen from which users can pick a browser other than Internet Explorer is being obscured by a set of 10 IE configuration screens. Opera fears that PC users will just click through these screens after being bothered with the configurations. The ballot offers Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, IE and Safari.

In a statement, Microsoft said that Opera’s example is very “unrealistic”. A spokesperson told The Register: “This scenario is very easy to reproduce in a test lab, but would occur only in unusual cases in the real world. For it to occur with the Browser Choice screen, the user would need to have IE set as their default browser and have never configured it for use. Opera’s example, where a Windows XP user has rejected installation of IE 8 for the year it has been available but suddenly decides to install it is not realistic.”

This news comes just two days after Net Applications reported that Opera had only gained 0.2% of the market share in the month of March.

Opera has not yet decided if they will file an official complaint with EU.

Source: The Register


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