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Boutique browser maker to Microsoft: 'Stop stealing the default' in Windows 10

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 25, 2017
Vivaldi CEO knocks Microsoft for restoring Edge as the default browser after major OS updates

Those charges eventually led to an agreement under which Microsoft inserted a "browser ballot" in Windows 7; the ballot asked EU customers to choose a default from several choices, including Opera.

The browser ballot expired in 2014, and from all signs did not meaningfully change the browser market in the EU. An omission by Microsoft, however -- the firm said a "technical error" led to a failure to include the ballot in Windows 7 for over a year -- later cost the company $732 million in additional fines.


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