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Move sees Internet Explorer lose market share

MICROSOFT'S Internet Explorer has lost market share in major European markets, such as France, Britain and Italy, after the United States software firm started to make it easier for European consumers to use competing browsers.

Microsoft's vow for easier access to rival browsers in Windows by the middle of May ended an antitrust dispute with the European Union.

The company has started to send a choice screen, where consumers can easily click on rival browsers, to almost 200 million old and new computers.

According to Web statistics firm Statcounter, Internet Explorer's share of all Web surfing has in March dropped in France by 2.5 percentage points from February, in Britain by 1 percentage point and in Italy by 1.3 points.

Norway's Opera Software, the fourth-largest browser firm, has seen downloads more than double in Europe from normal levels due to the choice screen, with downloads in Italy, Spain and Poland more than tripling.

Mozilla, No. 2 browser firm, says it has seen strong growth. "We have seen significant growth in the number of new Firefox users as a result of the Ballot Choice screen. We expect these numbers to increase as the Ballot Choice screen fully rolls out across all countries," said Mozilla.



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