Opera is in the news quite a lot in the last couple of days. First they manage to rush out the final release of Opera 10.50 in a less time than some companies need to provide a patch for their application and then they are the first to release figures on the impact of the browser ballot screen in Europe.
According to a Computer World article Opera downloads tripled after the browser ballot screen went live in Europe on March 1. The article fails to offer absolute numbers and it is not clear how the recent release of Opera 10.50 affected them.
Opera did compare the numbers with previous releases of their web browser and analysed the traffic coming from the web browser screen to come to the conclusion that the browser ballot screen is indeed responsible for the increase in downloads of the web browser.
The Browser Choice screen, which can also be accessed online, had to be created by Microsoft after they came to an agreement with the European Union. It basically displays a list of web browsers to the user if Internet Explorer is the default browser on the computer system. Users can then download alternative web browsers directly using the screen which will redirect them to the homepage of the selected web browser.
The increase in Opera downloads suggests that the other web browser developers are also seeing an increase in downloads. It would be interesting if Microsoft and the browser developers would release traffic details.
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