Monday, March 8, 2010

Microsoft Browser Choice Rigged?

A co-worker who is a security researcher was talking about the new "choice screen" for Internet browsers that has been popping up all over Europe lately.
[NYT] "Rivals of Microsoft's market-leading Web browser have attracted a flurry of interest since the company, fulfilling a regulatory requirement, started making it easier for European users of its Windows operating system to switch.

The screen displays links to a dozen browsers, including Explorer, Firefox, Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari and Opera."

According to my co-worker who was looking into the nitty-gritty, the other half dozen browsers (which he had never heard of) are apparently a re-packaged Internet Explorer with some kind of wrapper around it -- some "choice".

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