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Microsoft to 'comply immediately' with browser complaints, says EU antitrust chief

Gregg Keizer | Sept. 11, 2012
Microsoft last week began providing European consumers a "browser ballot screen" for Windows 8, a move that may be just the first of several steps the company will take to head off a new antitrust investigation.

On Sept. 4 Microsoft quietly began pushing a ballot screen through its Windows Update service to Europeans running Windows 8 RTM, the final code released to many enterprises and some users in the weeks before. Windows 8 RTM, or "release to manufacturing," shipped without the browser ballot.

Microsoft also updated a support document related to the browser ballot to include references to Windows 8, and to describe the changes that take place if a user selects a browser other than IE. The support document makes no mention of Windows RT.

Microsoft declined comment on the Reuters report, or to disclose what other steps the company may have pledged to take. The European Commission was not available Sunday.



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