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Microsoft Has Bundled A Browser Choice Screen In Windows 8.1

When it comes to enhancements in Windows 8.1, Redmond has arguably reserved the best ones for Internet Explorer 11, the latest version of its web browser bundled with the operating system.

But also bundled with the operating system is a Browser Choice Screen.

Microsoft has started to aggressively promote IE 11, but at the same time it is aware of the fact that offering it as the default browser in the latest version of its universally popular operating system could potentially lead to legal problems in Europe.

Or should it be said, more legal problems in Europe?

The company, as you may recall, was fined heavily earlier this year by competition regulators in the Old Continent. The last Internet Explorer fiasco cost Redmond $731 million — extraordinary as it was, Microsoft surely does not want to go through the ordeal once again.

And in order to avoid any potential disputes with the European Commission over Windows 8.1, the software titan is putting into action a Browser Choice Screen that will give users an option to pick a different browser than Internet Explorer, if they want to, that is.

This has been confirmed in a short tweet, which reveals that this new option is available in Windows 8.1 and will be implemented in all copies of the operating system that will go live on October 18.

Internet Explorer 11, of course, is installed by default in Windows 8.1 and offers users two different ways to browse the web — either using the traditional desktop mode, or the Metro environment that is optimized for touch based usage.

Written by Liz Cole


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