Microsoft revised 'browser-ballot screen' as advised by Opera Software ASA

Microsoft revised a planned antitrust settlement with European Union regulators after browser makers complained the accord gave company an unfair advantage. “We’ve concluded our discussions with Microsoft,” Philip Lowe, director general of the commission’s competition department, said in an interview yesterday in Brussels. “We have addressed the issues raised in the market test and we […]

Microsoft revised a planned antitrust settlement with European Union regulators after browser makers complained the accord gave company an unfair advantage. “We’ve concluded our discussions with Microsoft,” Philip Lowe, director general of the commission’s competition department, said in an interview yesterday in Brussels. “We have addressed the issues raised in the market test and we think we now have the basis for quite a robust remedy.” “Our expectation is that the settlement will include changes sought by Opera and will come out around the 15th,” Opera spokesman Tor Odland said by telephone. According to Bloomberg, the “browser-ballot screen,” which’ll allow PC users in Europe to select from a variety of browsers, rather than having to figure out what alternatives to Internet Explorer (IE) are out there and how to download them has been modified yet again. Bloomberg is reporting that final browser-ballot screen that Microsoft will offer to Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users will include modifications advocated by Opera Software ASA.