To Appease EU, Microsoft Offers Browser Choice With Windows 7

Company allows rivals, settles antitrust case
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2009 1:46 PM CDT
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Microsoft will offer a choice of web browsers to European users of the new Windows 7 operating system to avoid an antitrust fine, Bloomberg reports. “When you’re looking at ongoing fines in a downturn, it makes more sense to settle,” one analyst says. The EU says the software giant will ship Windows 7 with a “ballot screen” allowing users to choose a preferred browser at setup. (Read more Microsoft stories.)