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EU seeking opinions on latest Microsoft antitrust measure

Microsoft welcomes next step in the process

The European Commission has revealed it is asking the opinion of software industry and consumers over a new offer put forward by Microsoft following its antitrust charges.

European competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said Microsoft's latest settlement offer in its long-running antitrust case in Europe "is an answer" to the charges it faces.

The move is a sign of detente in Microsoft's antitrust battle with Europe's top regulator.

"We welcome today's announcement by the European Commission to move forward with formal market testing of Microsoft's proposal relating to web browser choice in Europe," its top counsel in the affair, Brad Smith, said.

"We also welcome the opportunity to take the next step in the process regarding our proposal to promote interoperability with a broad range of our products."

In July, Microsoft offered to provide a choice of web browsers with its upcoming Windows 7 operating system. The proposal included a 'ballot screen' on which Windows 7 users could select a competing Web browser as their default choice and disable Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

According to Smith's statement, Microsoft has been engaged in extensive discussions with the Commission over the last month, "during which we agreed to make numerous changes to improve these proposals. For Microsoft, today's decision is a significant step toward closing a decade-long chapter of competition law concerns in Europe".

In May 2004 the EU fined the company €497 million and ordered it to sell a version of Windows in Europe that did not include Microsoft's Windows Media Player software, to restore competition in that market.

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See also: ECIS: Microsoft 'ballot screen' will confuse users


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