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Microsoft Drops Browser From EU Windows Release

Law360 (June 11, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. will distribute its latest operating system separately from its Web browser in Europe in an effort to address concerns from local regulators that the software bundling violates European Union antitrust laws.

Facing anti-competition accusations from competitors and an investigation of its bundling practices from the European Commission, Microsoft will offer its Windows operating system without an Internet Explorer Web browser in Europe, the company confirmed on Thursday.

Internet Explorer will be available to manufacturers and users as a separate installation, Microsoft said. All versions...
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