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Europe to Microsoft: you’re not a monopolist capitalist after all

European regulators dropped the antitrust case against Microsoft when the company agreed to give consumers a choice of 11 rival Internet browsers. The settlement eliminates a second, costly legal struggle for the software powerhouse. Windows users in Europe, who use Internet Explorer as their default browser, will now receive updates to give an option to switch to an alternative browser in 2010. Microsoft said it was “pleased” with the decision, but won’t give anyone outside the EU (including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) such choice.  Perhaps the potential huge fines had the company lost, influenced their decision – you think? For more, read the New York Times

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