Microsoft has rolled out the Browser ballot screens in EU nations, using which users can choose which browser they want to install and use as default on their computers. However, Microsoft is also collecting information on where the users are headed through redirect links which go through go.microsoft.com.
The Ballot Screen, whose replica is available at BrowserChoice.eu, has links to download different browsers, however, all those links go through the redirect before ending up on the actual download site.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with it, many companies use redirects for outgoing links. However, one thing is sure, Microsoft will have the data for the browsers which are chosen by users.
Microsoft will may never make this data public or share them with other companies, but it would definitely be interesting from an analysis standpoint to know which browsers were chosen by users.