Microsoft offers a deal to EU on Explorer

Posted: 7/24/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

The European Commission said in a statement Friday that Microsoft /quotes/comstock/15*!msft/quotes/nls/msft (MSFT 23.51, +0.06, +0.26%) has proposed offering Windows users a "ballot screen" from which they could, "if they wished - easily install competing Web browsers."

Microsoft later confirmed the proposal, noting in a statement that if accepted, it would mark "a big step forward in addressing a decade of legal issues and would be good news for European consumers and our partners in the industry."

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In other the folks in Europe will be able to choose if they want to use an alternative to the Internet Explorer browser. Brussels first began pushing Microsoft towards offering PC users a choice of internet browsers early this year, though the software company resisted the move, claiming it would hurt PC makers. The company published a proposal on Friday that would present all PC users who have Windows XP, Windows Vista or the forthcoming Windows 7 with a “ballot screen” offering them a choice of browsers, to be downloaded over the Internet.