Browser Selection in Europe

Microsoft recently opened options for users to choose different Internet browsers for Europe.  I was curious what the process would look like and what users would actually see.  I found the following release from  According to this site, 50,000 people have already taken advantage of using different browsers since Microsoft released this new option a few months ago.

Basically, a shortcut icon is created on the desktop after a Windows update is made.  A box will appear when users turn on the computer after the Windows update explaining their options, and Internet Explore is no longer included on the task bar. It is unclear whether this is for just Windows 7 or if it applies to earlier versions.

When users click OK at the bottom of the box, the text changes to offer the top five browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Safari) ranking in random order.  To the right are six additional browsers also ranked in random order.  Below are the images of what one would see on their computers.

Source for these images from  There are notes included in these images indicating important changes and options.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on March 8, 2010, in Consumerism, Microsoft, Tech Toys and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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