The EU Browser choice screen and school networks


The browser ballot screen has been rolling out for a few weeks now – and will have been appearing on a screen near you already.

Here’s some of the detail, from the official blog post:

The browser choice screen software update will be offered as an automatic download through Windows Update for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The software update will be installed automatically, or will prompt you to download or install it, depending on which operating system you are running and your settings for Windows Update. If you do not have automatic updating enabled, you can get the choice screen by going to Windows Update and clicking on “Check for Updates.

The browser choice screen, shown below, will present you with a list of leading browsers. In keeping with our agreement with the European Commission, this list is presented in random order. You can also scroll to the right to see additional browsers, which are also presented in random order. The browsers that are listed and the content relating to them will be updated from time to time.

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What does the Browser Ballot screen mean for schools?

Although this is being driven by the need for consumers to have a choice, this does have implications for schools and their networks. If your network uses Windows Server Update Services, then you have control over how this rolls out over your school network. But if you don’t use WSUS, and you’re wondering what levels of control you can have over how it appears in your school, then I’d recommend having a read of The Angry Technician’s blog – he’s gone to great lengths to pull together all of the different information available, and talks you through the steps you can take.

Read The Angry Technician’s “The irony of having to block the EU browser choice screen” blog post

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