Back in October, Microsoft presented the European
Commission with a proposal that would have Windows 7 offer users a
box to choose the browser that they want to install from IE and
competing offerings like Opera and others. The proposal received some
complaints from other browser companies who believed that the ballot
screen didn't offer enough information about the browsers available
among other complaints.
Reuters reports that three
people familiar with the situation have said that the European
Commission is expected to approve
a new proposal from Microsoft as early as today. The new proposal
from Microsoft will use the same ballot screen, but rather than
presenting the browsers in alphabetical order the browsers will be
If approved, the new proposal will let Microsoft
escape another massive fine. The software giant has already been
fined $1.35 billion for violation of EU antitrust rules in 2008. The
Commission still reports that it is assessing the offer and comments
made by Microsoft. Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said, "The
Commission will not accept any commitments unless consumers are
ensured a real, viable choice."
Feedback on the Microsoft
proposal had been sought by Microsoft rivals until November 7 reports
Reuters. Opera was one of the companies with complaints
against Microsoft that helped start the inquiry in 2007. Opera CTO
Hakon Wium Lie told Reuters, "Those two changes, if indeed it
appears to be the case, are an improvement on the previous proposal.
They are significant and would be helpful to users."