Social Browser Flock Happy to Make Microsoft's Choice Screen
Article by George Norman
On 17 Dec 2009
The European Commission’s antitrust case against Redmond-based software giant Microsoft has finally come to an end. The EC (European Commission) accepted Microsoft’s ballot screen proposal – Windows users that have Internet Explorer set as the default browser will receive a ballot screen (Microsoft likes to call it choice screen) that informs them that they could try out some other browsers.

The ballot screen – ahem, choice screen – lists some of the most popular browsers out there. The 12 most popular browser’s out there: Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, AOL, Maxthon, K-Meleon, Avant Browser, Sleipnir, Slim Browser, and Flock. They will not be displayed in that order; the browsers will be displayed randomly.


Flock, a browser built on the Firefox codebase, is the perfect choice for the user that spends a lot of time on social networks. Speaking of social networks, the name Facebook comes to mind. Know what else comes to mind? Flocks total number of unique users on Facebook, which surpassed the 3 million mark earlier this month. Getting back to the topic of this article, the Flock team is pretty excited about making the choice screen list. And it should be, because over 100 million Windows users out there will find out about Flock via the choice screen.

“Flock is delighted about the spirit of the Choice Screen, and very excited to be selected as one of the browsers that will be presented to the broader European community,” commented VP of Business Development and Marketing with Flock, Dan Burkhart. “We are hopeful that many more people around the world will agree that the web has evolved far beyond the capabilities of conventional web browsers, and that Flock is the best solution for people who want to stay up to date with a variety of people, content and media as every day evolves quickly.”

You could get started with Flock right away if you want. The latest version is Flock 2.5 which comes with the following:
- You can read Twitter replies in the Flock sidebar and you can save Twitter searches. The sidebar also provides the option to reply to various tweets and click on any link provided in a tweet.
- Twitter Search support added to MyWorld.
- Use Facebook Chat no matter what web page you visit.
- Drag and drop content (videos, photos, URLs) to share it.

Flock is available for download

Tags: Flock, Browser, Facebook, Microsoft, Choice Screen
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