MICROSOFT MAY BE NEARING EU TRACE

THE SEATTLE TIMES
Oct 8, 2009

Moving closer to an antitrust settlement, the European Union warmed to Microsoft's proposal to offer a browser ballot screen so users could choose their Web browser.

LUKE FROEB, an associate professor of management at the Vanderbilt Business School, said while Europe is more aggressive about antitrust cases, the relief the commission prescribes "is really problematic." Froeb is a former economist at the Federal Trade Commission.

"Things change so quickly that you're litigating a case that might be a year, two, three years old, and nobody cares about it now because we're on to completely new and different issues," Froeb said.

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