Mozilla: Windows ballot screen glitch had major impact

Posted on Thursday, Nov 01 2012 @ 19:31 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Harvey Anderson, Mozilla's Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel, claims on his blog that Microsoft's ballot screen glitch had a major impact on the number of Firefox downloads. Anderson says Mozilla's data suggests that the unlawful absence of the browser choice screen decreased downloads by 63 percent to a low of 20,000 a day just prior to the fix. He also speculates that the number of "lost" Firefox downloads may be in the 6 to 9 million range.
We’re encouraged by the European Commission’s efforts to ensure that users have meaningful browser choice in the Windows PC environment. The 2009 Commitments adopted by Microsoft were a foundational part of the remedy developed by the Commission to resolve Microsoft’s competition violations in EC countries. A key part of the remedy was Microsoft’s commitment to present the browser ballot screen to Windows users through vehicles like the Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Earlier this year, we learned that Microsoft failed to fully comply with the browser choice ballot screen obligation for nearly 15 months.
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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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