The European Commission (EC)announced on its Web site on July 24 that Microsoft has now proposed as part of settlement talks to allow a “ballot screen“ to be included in Windows 7. Microsoft initially was dead-set against allowing the inclusion of a ballot screen which would prompt users at set-up to select among a number of different browsers, including Internet Explorer (IE) 8, as its legal representatives made clear earlier this year.

The ballot screen was one of the ideas the EC regulators were floating as a possible remedy in the Microsoft vs. Opera antitrust case that Opera lodged in late 2007. The case involves whether Microsoft has harmed consumers by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. Microsoft and the EC have been in settlement talks for the past month or so.
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