European regulators have ended their last pending antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. as the U.S. software maker agreed to let Europeans choose from a menu of web browsers that compete with its Internet Explorer, reports the Associated Press. The deal announced Dec. 16 lets Microsoft avert additional fines. It has already paid 1.7 billion euros in EU fines over the past decade. Microsoft said it will start sending updates in March to Windows computers in Europe so that when PC users log on, they will see a pop-up screen asking them to pick one or more of 12 web browsers to download and install. The top five browsers–Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla’s Firefox, Google Inc.’s Chrome, Apple Inc.’s Safari, and Opera–will be given more prominent placement on the screen. The selections will rotate from computer to computer, so none of those five browsers will always be first. This mechanism will be used for five years in the 27-nation European Union plus Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. Microsoft could be fined 10 percent of its annual revenue if it doesn’t stick to its commitment. In return, the European Commission agreed to drop charges it filed against Microsoft in January that said installing IE as part of the Windows operating system, which runs most of the world’s computers, gave Microsoft an unfair advantage. Users in the U.S. and elsewhere won’t see a change, however. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, said that an older antitrust case in the U.S. already determined that Microsoft didn’t need to separate its browser from the Windows operating system…

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