people who've set other browsers set as default, the IE 8 installer now
always asks whether they want to make IE the new default.
Responding to widespread carping, Microsoft has made it less likely that
Internet Explorer 8 will become the default browser against the user's wishes.
Previously, installing the browser offered an "express settings" that
would make IE 8 the default browser without asking, though the custom
settings route explicitly asked. Now the express settings will ask,
too, Microsoft announced Thursday on its IEBlog.
"IE will never install, or become the default browser without your
explicit consent. However, we heard a lot of feedback from a lot of
different people and groups and decided to make the user choice of the
default browser even more explicit," Microsoft said. Those who already
have IE 8 set as default won't see the screen.
The change won't be built into the regular IE 8 installation,
but instead will arrive as an update during the process beginning
mid-August. The IE 8 installer asks users if they want to check for
updates when they install, and 90 percent do so, Microsoft said.
One rival, Mozilla Chief Executive John Lilly, praised the
move. "Good change: Microsoft does the right thing (finally) with IE8
updater," he said in a Thursday Twitter post.