Microsoft settled its antitrust case with the EU today over web browsers. It will now offer European users a buffet of web browser options like Safari, Chrome, and Opera, in addition to its Internet Explorer (IE).
This ruling won’t kill IE, but it will contribute to the erosion of Microsoft’s dominant position in the browser world.
As IE’s share slips, it hurts Microsoft’s online ambitions. The browser is a great entry point for Microsoft to drive people to its MSN portal and Bing search engine.
Also, keep an eye on Google Chrome, which Google is positioning as both a browser and an operating system. If Chrome takes off, it could hurt both Microsoft’s Windows and IE businesses.
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