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Thankfully! Microsoft has quite a history with the European Commission, filled with regulatory cases and fines. The Browser Choice screen that the company was forced to put up a particular highlight.

More so, considering that other technology giants like Google and Apple have gotten away with this.

Anyway, Redmond started providing this web browser option back in December 2009.

And like most things in technology it was a fickle affair for users in the Old Continent. The web is filled with questions and queries about how this screen keeps on appearing, and how to uninstall the feature.

Look them up.

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Anyway, the good news is that the software titan has finally kicked off the beginning of the end of this feature. The update will no longer be pushed to Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users from now on, while Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users will no longer be provided with the app.

Yes there, is a specific application for this on the modern platform.

No matter, as the company provided the details on its support page, confirming that the obligations imposed by that decision have now expired and the Browser Choice Update will no longer be delivered to users from now on.

Good riddance to a stupid idea!

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  1. Finally some sanity. That Browser Ballot has been one of the most annoying pieces of malware ever to waste my time. I have had it REMOVE IE without being asked, leaving all my bookmarks inaccessible, such that I have then had to install IE again, when I had already had it set up the way I want. All forced on Microsoft by faceless Eurocrats with nothing more useful to do. As I see it, a scam to extort loads of money from Microsoft for non-compliance with stupidity, while letting competitors, curiously, off free. And at the time the ballot popped up, I already had at least 3 web browsers installed anyway. There are far more useful things the EU could do to improve competition, such as forcibly separating phones from network contracts to prevent networks controlling choice of phones and whether people get to upgrade the firmware. Or requiring that contracts provide user-controllable capping limits to prevent extortionate bills costing thousands.

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