Apparently the European Commission and Microsoft worked out an agreement whereby Windows users who have Internet Explorer as their default web browser receive a screen that lets them know that other browsers are available.
It's pretty interesting to me. Of course since they're letting people know what browsers are available, people get an overabundance of choice.
The main choices given are Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, and IE8. To the right of that are a bunch of browsers I have never heard of, such as Avant, Flock, GreenBrowser, K-Meleon, Maxthon, Sleipnir, and the Slim Browser. And if that wasn't enough, OpenToChoice wants you to know that there are even more browsers such as Camino, SeaMonkey, The World, iCab, Konqueror, Amaya, and Epiphany.
How much do you guys think this will change European browser market share, if any?
That's...odd. Isn't Google Earth browser like a plug-in to your IE or firefox? Maybe it's causing the problem? That would explain why IE works in safemode as it wouldn't load that plug-in. I dunno, total shot in the dark there.