In a move that could change the way we all use the internet in the future, Microsoft has been forced by the European Commission to offer Windows users a choice of web browser – the program used to access the world wide web and display pages - rather than simply setting its own Internet Explorer as the default.
If you do switch browser and need a reminder, you can put a link to this article on your desktop by right-clicking on your mouse and selecting 'create shortcut'.
Microsoft has already been fined hundreds of millions of Euros by the EC for anti-trust practices; essentially using its position as market leader to force smaller players out.
This applies to existing users as well, meaning you will see a Windows update create a pop up window offering you a choice of the top five browsers displayed at random, including Microsoft’s own IE8 of course.
Check out this article on the pros and cons of the top five browsers, but in the meantime, if you do decide to use a browser other than Internet Explorer, make sure you don't lose your homepage and your favourite links.
Firefox offers you the option of copying across your homepage and favorites from Internet Explorer during installation, but if you do not select this option you can get your homepage back by following these instructions.
Step one: type www.virginmedia.com into your address bar and press Return.
Step two: When you can see the virginmedia.com website, click on 'Tools' in the top menu, and then click on 'Options' in the list that drops down.
Step three: On the 'Main' tab, under 'Home Page', click on the 'Use Current Page' button. The default homepage should immediately change to http://www.virginmedia.com/
Step four: Click on 'OK', and the next time you open Firefox, it should open on the www.virginmedia.com homepage.
Enjoy your holiday snaps with 20 free prints from Snapfish.