IE Takes Hits Across The EU Following Addition of Browser Choice Screen
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The European Union won a very decisive victory in the anti-trust case against Microsoft and its integration of Internet Explorer into the Windows operating system. The greatest spoil of war was of course the Browser Choice Screen. This gives Windows users in the EU an initial choice of web browser, rather than dropping IE on them without formal consent. Opera has already announced that it has had impressive gains in downloads across Europe. However, this trend isn’t exclusive to Opera.
Mozilla has also posted steady gains, and anticipates even more when the screen is used on new computers. 200 million computers have already used the system. And Microsoft is feeling the burn: France has seen a 2.5% drop of IE users, Britain had a 1% drop, and Italy had 1.3% drop. Still, IE holds a massive 62% market share and it will likely need some time before it is equalized out.