As ballot screen was pushed at the beginning of March, various users started noticing anomalies behind random browser order.
For some reason, it would favor Google Chrome, increasing its chances to be first, second or third in the list.
As a result, Microsoft has tweaked random order algorithm, which solved this issue. Unfortunately, no more details were provided.
“We can confirm that we made a change to the random icon order algorithm in the browser choice screen for Europe. We are confident the algorithm change will be an improvement. As always, we are grateful for the feedback we get from developers, and we thank those who commented on the topic and suggested changes,” said Microsoft’s Kevin Kutz.
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Thanks to Nox for links!
Microsoft and European Commission have finally reached an agreement, in which browsers will be randomly listed in ballot screen (up to 12 browsers total)
Although EU have not fined Microsoft this time, if they fail to stick with an agreement for the next 5 years, Microsoft will have to pay up to 10% of yearly global turnover.
“This is a victory for the future of the Web. This decision is also a celebration of open Web standards, as these shared guidelines are the necessary ingredients for innovation on the Web,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software.
Thanks to Trygve Lie for news tip.
If you have read “Mozilla exec urges Firefox users ditch Google for Bing” story, then everything should be pretty clear to you.
Wonder what Microsoft did? Well, check Bing.com background of the day:
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Thanks to Rob for links.