EU press release:
Since the beginning of March, Internet users in the European Economic Area 1 who receive automatic updates for Windows and have Microsoft’s browser set as default are being invited to choose from several browsers. In addition to Microsoft’s web browser, the user will have the opportunity to choose between eleven additional web browsers, namely Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera which will be prominently displayed alongside Internet Explorer, and Avant Browser, Flock, Green Browser, K-Meleon, Maxthon, Sleipnir and Slim Browser which will be displayed if the user scrolls sideways.
It is expected that the browser Choice Screen will be displayed on over 100 million personal computers (PCs) in Europe between now and mid-May. The central page of the choice screen is also available to any internet user at http://www.browserchoice.eu .
Sanctions are remarkable:
The December 2009 commitment decision followed a Statement of Objections sent to Microsoft in January 2009 (see MEMO/09/15 ) outlining the Commission’s preliminary view that the company abused its dominant position in the market for client PC operating systems through the tying of Internet Explorer to Windows. The decision adopted pursuant to Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003 on the implementation of EU antitrust rules, did not conclude whether there was an abuse of a dominant position in the sense of Article 102 of the TFEU, but made the commitments legally binding on Microsoft . If Microsoft were to break its commitments, the Commission could impose a fine of up to 10% of Microsoft’s total annual turnover without having to prove any violation of EU antitrust rules.
Under the decision’s terms, Microsoft will report regularly to the Commission, on the implementation of the commitments and will make adjustments to the Choice Screen where necessary and proportionate upon the Commission’s request. A clause in the commitments allows the Commission to review the commitments in two years under certain conditions.
For more information on the web browser choice screen see
It seems to me that the competition is not only between the browsers but the engines as well. I was curious of the Sleipnir web browser but was first unable to find it. Here it is, it is from Japan. The engine can be switched to either Trident or Gecko. Maxthon is another shooting star, it is based on the Trident rendering of IE but they would switch to Webkit. It seems to me that the competition is not only between the browsers but the engines as well. Apple’s Safari uses Webkit for rendering. Google Chrome uses Webkit as well. K-Meleon uses Gecko. What got me very much surprised is that K-Meleon is no Mozilla product, Gecko. Avant Browser uses IE Trident, it was launched with the goal to get a browser with IE engine which is like Opera. The Social browser Flock uses Gecko. Opera uses its own engine.