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Approval expected as early as today

Microsoft has been facing legal problems for years that stem from the bundling of its Internet Explorer browser with the Windows operating system. The bundling of IE with the OS has long been called unfair by other browser makers.

Back in October, Microsoft presented the European Commission with a proposal that would have Windows 7 offer users a ballot 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 randomized.

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."



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RE: blame opera
By rika13 on 12/8/2009 11:26:35 AM , Rating: -1
A man without passion is a tool, a cog in the machine of his own destruction.

While the EU doesn't monopolize power-trips, their entire complaint against MS is simply because Mandriva and Opera suck.

Norton and McCrappy whined to the EU to get MS to make Vista less secure because they are too lazy to properly code their crap AV software for Vista's new secure kernel.

Socialist groin kicks to MS, the new good programming


RE: blame opera
By HotFoot on 12/8/2009 11:39:11 AM , Rating: 5
Both Norton and McAfee have their headquarters in the U.S.A.

I did not notice you going on a rant about the U.S.A., generalising an entire mass of people according to the actions of a select group.

Look, I agree with your points with respect to Vista/Win 7. I just don't think it needs to spiral into decrees about an entire continent being full of radicals conspiring against your nation. Come back to Earth.


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