Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

EU drops antitrust case against Microsoft



LONDON (CNN) -- The European Union said Wednesday it is dropping antitrust charges against Microsoft after the company agreed to give users the choice of other Web browsers with its Windows operating system.

Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) will also allow computer manufacturers to install competing Web browsers, set them as the default browsers, and turn Microsoft's Internet Explorer off, the EU said in a statement.

"Millions of European consumers will benefit from this decision by having a free choice about which Web browser they use," Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in the statement. "Such choice will not only serve to improve people's experience of the Internet now, but also act as an incentive for Web browser companies to innovate and offer people better browsers in the future."

Microsoft agreed with the EU that over the next five years, it will give European users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 a "choice screen" allowing them to choose which browsers they want to install in addition to, or instead of, Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

The competition commission sent a statement of objections to Microsoft in January, saying Microsoft was abusing its dominant position in the market through the tying of Internet Explorer to Windows.

They said it hindered innovation in the market and created artificial incentives for software developers and content providers to design their products or Web sites primarily for Internet Explorer. To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 15,660.18 -254.56 -1.60%
Nasdaq 4,266.84 -16.75 -0.39%
S&P 500 1,829.08 -22.78 -1.23%
Treasuries 1.64 -0.06 -3.58%
Data as of 3:09am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 11.16 -0.82 -6.84%
Cisco Systems Inc 24.68 2.17 9.64%
General Electric Co 27.45 -0.85 -3.00%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 1.78 0.08 4.71%
Apple Inc 93.70 -0.57 -0.60%
Data as of Feb 11
Sponsors

Sections

Boeing's stock fell by as much as 12% after Bloomberg reported the SEC is investigating the company's accounting practices. More

China pour nearly $30 billion into Latin America last year, the second highest total ever. At the same time, U.S. investors fled the region. More

Just three days after Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad resigns, the California Department of Insurance announces that is investigating the startup's business practices. More

Bloom Technologies impresses Richard Branson to win the Extreme Tech Challenge startup contest. More

GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio wants some radical changes to the tax code. But the numbers don't add up, according to a new analysis. More