We all remember or at least know of the famous Microsoft anti-trust trials of the late 90s and early 2000s, and of course its result was the creation of the mandatory browser selection screen in the European Union. At first, there were questions on whether or not it would be truly a useful addition in spreading knowledge about alternatives to Internet Explorer. Common opinion held that people who hadn’t gone through the effort of finding a different browser on their own would simply pick IE and not worry about it.
Opera, however, seems to be reporting results to the contrary. According to them, a “dramatic uptake on downloads” has occurred, and they have the numbers to back it. They have experienced a 328% download increase from Poland due to the choice screen, meaning that 77% of the downloads of that country are due to the choice screen. Across the EU, 53% of their downloads come from the choice screen. It’s a shame that the US doesn’t have a similar policy.