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Microsoft-EU Browser Ballott: What do you think?

24 February 2010 by J.M.

Microsoft–EU browser ballott

According to an agreement with the European Commission, Microsoft will give all Windows users in Europe the possibility to choose their favorite browser. From 17 March onwards, an update is delivered showing a ballott screen listing a number of browsers. On an exclusively created website, Microsoft presents all browsers installable for European Windows users. Even exotic browsers have managed to get on the list.

You can view the displayed browsers from now on via the Microsoft website browserchoice.eu. In total, users can choose from 12 different browsers. Each browser entry has a small description and two buttons leading to the direct download and the company website. On the first page, the following 5 browsers are offered prominently:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Opera Browser
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8


The order how the browsers are shown changes on each page reload, sorted by random. This is how Microsoft meets a requirement by the European Commission stating that all browsers presented to users must be shown in a random order. Using a horizontal scroll bar, you can show the remaining 7 browsers. There are also exotic browsers among them, like:

  • Sleipnir
  • K-Meleon
  • GreenBrowser
  • Avant Browser
  • Maxthon
  • FlashPeak
  • Flock

This secondary list of 7 browsers is also sorted by random each time you reload the page.

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