IE8 setup change hints at further concessions to EU in antitrust fight
Microsoft on Thursday bowed to critics involved in the company’s European antitrust case who have accused it of silently changing users’ default browsers, a move that may be aimed at Brussels-based regulators.
Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) will no longer replace a PC’s default browser when a user selects the already-checked “Use express settings” option in the setup screen, Microsoft said on Thursday. Both Opera Software and Mozilla had hammered Microsoft in May over the tactic, accusing the company of force feeding IE8 to users with Windows Update, and silently changing the default browser on PCs.
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