Microsoft Move Won't Derail Antitrust Case
Company has unfair advantage, European Commission says
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 10:33 AM CDT
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about Windows 7 as he delivers the keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 7, 2009, in Las Vegas.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – The European Commission is moving forward with its antitrust case against Microsoft even after the company's promise to sell its Windows 7 operating system without Internet Explorer in Europe. The commission "notes with interest" Microsoft's announcement, CNET News reports, but adds that "Microsoft has apparently decided to supply retail consumers with a version of Windows without a Web browser at all."

The commission acknowledges that for equipment manufacturers, Microsoft's decision "may potentially be positive," PC World reports, since it will allow the company to offer customers a choice of browsers. But Opera, the Norwegian browser maker that pushed to open the case, isn't satisfied. "They are under pressure to do something and they come up with this thing, which is quite obviously not going to work," the CEO said.