Microsoft offers Alternative Browsers to Windows 7 Users

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When I wrote the title, I can’t believe it either as much as you do. Of course this is really surprising! Apparently it isn’t always easy being the big guy. Microsoft is offering other alternative web browsers to its Windows 7 users in Europe, thanks to a ruling by the European Commission after complaint submitted by Opera back in 2007. In the latest Windows Update, Microsoft will prompt IE users using Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 to make a choice of choosing their web browser.

This update will be available to you through Automatic Updates. Even though you have disabled it for some reasons, you can get it from Windows Update website. It won’t change anything in your system, except it unpins Internet Explorer from your taskbar and asks your preference of web browser you would like to use.

Here is the list of web browsers available:

  • Avant
  • Slim
  • Firefox
  • Flock
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • K-meleon
  • Green Browser
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Maxthon
  • Sleipnir

How does it looks like?

Introduction Screen

Selection Screen

Please note, this thing only appears when a user uses IE as default browser. User who already uses other web browsers will not be asked to choose.

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