Following the EU ruling earlier today that saw Microsoft fined for €561m, it's interesting to look at how the internet browser usage landscape has changed since proceedings began. Even though a bug in Microsoft's software meant that alternative browsers weren't offered to users on installation, Microsoft's Internet Explorer lost market dominance. New entrants like Google Chrome ate away at Microsoft's market share:
In light of Microsoft fine today: European browser wars since Sept 2009 (from Statcounter) twitter.com/jamestitcomb/s…— James Titcomb (@jamestitcomb) March 6, 2013
Even if there were obstacles to installing alternatives, entrepreneurs made software so appealing that users accepted those costs to change browser. It wasn't regulatory attempts that saw Internet Explorer fall, but other firms coming up with better, more appealing products.