Microsoft to warn users not to install a different browser

Bjoern Schiessle schiessle at
Wed Sep 12 14:05:04 UTC 2018

Hi all,

I'm sure some of you remember the anti trust case of the European
Commission against Microsoft in 2009.

The argument back then was: "Microsoft's tying of Internet Explorer to
the Windows operating system harms competition between web browsers,
undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice."

As a result Microsoft agreed to not bundle the Internet Explorer with
Windows 7 in Europe. Instead users got a "ballot box" to chose a
browser. According to Wikipedia[1] the "ballot box" was removed two
years later with a update, in March 2013 the European Commission
fined Microsoft €561 million.

Now, 9 years later I read "Microsoft to ‘warn’ Windows 10 users
not to install Chrome or Firefox"[2]. So 9 years later the dialog is
back again, but it does the complete opposite this time. It warns user
to install anything else beside Microsoft Edge.



Björn Schießle
Coordinator Germany
Free Software Foundation Europe (
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