Forced to give up under pressure from the Europe Union, Microsoft Windows 7 gives offers the chance to choose their favorite web browser and even helps to download and install it with minimal effort.
This change came in the form of an update package for the operating system,consists in a window titled “Select your web browser(s)”, where users can find a list of the most popular alternative web browsers, each with a short description and button to start the installation process.
Microsoft, a company currently under an antitrust investigations concerning unfair competition practices against developers of alternative web browsers for Windows 8 and Windows RT, presents, starting with September the 4th, a similar list in Windows’ 8 Home Screen.
Following the EU antitrust process, completed in 2009, Microsoft is committed to presenting a selection of 12 alternative web browsers (5 displayed on the spot and another 7 available by running the list scroll function). Unfortunately, this list has sparked criticism, accusing the selective presentation of certain browsers and pushing to the end those least favored by Microsoft. The newest scandal earlier this year affected Windows 7 users who have installed Service Pack 1. Following this update, users haven’t been greeted with the web browser alternative list because of what Microsoft called a “technical error”.
Antitrust investigations also continued after several developers have complained that Microsoft Windows RT blocks access to certain APIs containing key technologies for the performance of a web browser, thus creating an artificial advantage for Internet Explorer.