Browser Ballot To Appear In WindowsEU Drops MS Antitrust, Browser Ballot To Appear In Windows
"Microsoft will ask all European users of Internet Explorer whether they want to try out a rival browser. It's an unexpected result in a long-running dispute with European Union officials.
It came as no surprise when the firm announced today that it will include a "browser ballot" screen on all Windows PCs sold in Europe from January 2010, and on. The scheme, which Microsoft had proposed some months ago, will mean that during set-up users will see a list of leading browsers and have the option to install some or all of them, rather than simply getting Internet Explorer by default."
I personally that it is a moot point, since most of 1st time system users would choose IE over other browsers. Furthermore, most of Windows Updates would still require the presence of IE engine, not forgetting countless sites still requiring IE as interface (banking anyone?)More here.