The corporation will provide the options to prevent new antitrust fines by the EU.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – Microsoft has come up with a proposal to offer computer users a choice of web browsers. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the move was prompted by the European Union’s (EU) allegations of monopoly abuse by Microsoft for intertwining the Internet Explorer with their Windows operating systems.
As stated in the report, if approved by the European Commission, the decision could be a significant step in ending a legal battle that has been going on for 10 years. The EU has reportedly stated it would consider the plan, and allow other computer companies and browser makers to give their opinions before a final decision is made. If an agreement is reached, the proposal terms are expected to be effective for five years.
Brad Smith, general council for Microsoft is quoted by the AP as stating, “We believe that if ultimately accepted, this proposal will fully address the European competition law issues relating to the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows and interoperability with our high-volume products.”
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