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Can IE compete on a level playing field?
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 19 February 2010 19:07

From C/net news

Mozilla may have problems with its Firefox browser, but they pale in comparison to the specter now haunting Microsoft's Internet Explorer:

A level playing field.

For years, Microsoft has been sheltered from the brunt of browser competition by bundling IE with Windows. As Mozilla executive Mitchell Baker once told me:
[M]ost people think of "the Internet" as the blue "E" (IE's icon). It's always there on the desktop. The muscle memory of the blue E has been a giant problem for us and for competition.

That's about to change, and it likely won't be a positive change for Microsoft.

Starting March 1, Microsoft will be forced, under the terms of a European Commission antitrust agreement, to present both existing and new Windows users with a browser ballot box, as shown below.

Even in a world where Microsoft could cozily tie IE to Windows, the company managed to hemorrhage 5 percent market share each year to Firefox and now Chrome, which have grabbed 24.43 percent and 5.22 percent market share, respectively, according to Net Applications.

This only promises to get worse now that rival browsers have a fair shot.   [More...] [Comments...]



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