Smaller browser makers urge Microsoft ballot rethink

The makers of the six niche browsers included in Microsoft’s browser ballot are pushing the EU to force the software giant to make their offerings more visible.

Smaller browser makers urge Microsoft ballot rethink

Their complaint stems from the fact that the browser Choice Screen shows Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome, and requires users to scroll right to access the remaining browsers.

Makers of those browsers – Avant Browser, Flock, Green Browser, Maxthon, Slim Browser and Sleipnir – have urged the European Commission to rectify the situation.

The final Choice Screen design leaves the vast majority of users unaware that there are more than five browsers to choose from

“The final Choice Screen design leaves the vast majority of users unaware that there are more than five browsers to choose from,” the smaller firms said in the petition.

“We are only requesting the simple addition of any text or design element, that would indicate to an average user that there are choices ‘to the right of the visible screen,'” added the companies in their petition.

Microsoft pledged last December to give consumers better access to rival browsers, bringing to an end a long antitrust dispute with the European Union.

Microsoft replied that the screen was in compliance with the European Commission’s decision.

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