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EU Microsoft Plan Offers Choice Of Media Player

Instead of forcing Microsoft to sell stripped-down versions of Windows direct to consumers, EU regulators are likely to demand that computer hardware makers be given a choice of what multimedia software to install, according to this DJ story.

The plan is designed to avoid consumers buying barebones operating systems.

Europe’s new plan would go further than the U.S. remedy by obliging Microsoft to ship Windows at least partly stripped of Windows Media Player.