Browser ballot doubles Opera downloads

Summary:Microsoft's browser ballot choice screen for European PCs has led to a boost in downloads for Opera, the company that prompted the investigation that led to the introduction of the feature.

Microsoft's browser ballot choice screen has led to a boost in downloads for Opera, the company that prompted the European Commission investigation that led to the introduction of the feature.

Opera said on Thursday that downloads of its desktop browser in European countries have more than doubled as a direct result of the ballot choice that Microsoft introduced at the beginning of March.

"This confirms that when users are given a real choice on how they choose the most important piece of software on their computer — the browser — they will try out alternatives," said Håkon Wium Lie, chief technology office at Opera Software. "A multitude of browsers will make the web more standardized and easier to browse."

Opera said over a three-day period in March, its European download figures for Opera 10.50 are up an average of 130 percent as a result of the ballot, with 53 percent of its overall downloads resulting directly from the ballot. The figures are based on statistics for 17 European countries collected from 12-14 March, which were then averaged out.

For more of this story, read Microsoft browser ballot doubles Opera downloads on ZDNet UK.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft, Software

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