Microsoft published a screenshot of the browser ballot screen that will be rolled out to European users of Windows XP, Vista and 7 starting next week. The software update will present people that are running Internet Explorer as the default browser with a screen that enables them to select a different browser, the five most used browsers will be listed first, in a random order. Testing will begin next week in the UK, Belgium and France, other European countries will get a phased roll-out the week of March 1.
The browser choice screen, shown below, will present you with a list of leading browsers. In keeping with our agreement with the European Commission, this list is presented in random order. You can also scroll to the right to see additional browsers, which are also presented in random order. The browsers that are listed and the content relating to them will be updated from time to time. The screen provides three options: Click on “Install” to install one of the listed browsers. Click on “Tell me more” to get more information about any of the browsers. These links (and the browser logos and associated text) are provided by each browser vendor. Click on “Select Later” to review the choice screen the next time you log onto your computer. This software update will also add a shortcut to your desktop, from which you can launch the choice screen at any time.