If you’re at all familiar with Microsoft’s infamous case with the European Commission about Microsoft’s “unfair” monopoly over Windows apps, you’re probably also familiar with the requirement for Microsoft to include a browser ballot screen with all versions of Windows sold in Europe that allows the user to chose which web browser to install and use as default upon first boot. Curiously, though, this selection screen has been absent in all editions of Windows 8 thus far, making many wonder if Microsoft is going to abandon the requirement and risk another battle royale with the Commision.
As it turns out, not so – Microsoft has just issued an update to all European users of Windows 8 that installs a new app on users’ start screens called “Browser Choice” which, as described above, is essentially just a screen that lists in no particular order the mainstream browsers for Windows, including Internet Explorer, Opera, Google Chrome, Firefox, Maxthon, and more.
The application actually comes in the form of a bookmark to a web app, which can be launched on any browser here. Windows 8 will be officially released to consumers October 26th.
Via: The Verge