Google's search results in Europe will look very different after the company agreed to changes that should settle a long-running antitrust case.
Google(GOOG) has agreed to give more prominence to competitors such as Yahoo(YHOO), Microsoft(MSFT) and Expedia(EXPE), according to the European Commission, which regulates business competition in the region.
The Commission said in a statement that Google had guaranteed that whenever it promotes its own specialized search services on its web page, the services of three rivals will be displayed in a comparable way.
The EU's top antitrust official, Joaquín Almunia, said he was happy with Google's latest proposal, and it should put the issue to rest.
"Turning this proposal into a legally binding obligation for Google would ensure that competitive conditions are both restored quickly and maintained over the next years," he said.
Google General Counsel Kent Walker said the changes to operations were significant, and the company looked forward to resolving the case.