CERNOBBIO, Italy Sept 8 U.S. software giant
Microsot is ready to introduce measures that would
address the European Union's antitrust concerns about users'
ability to chose between different browsers, European
Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Saturday.
EU antitrust regulators are investigating whether Microsoft
blocks computer makers from installing rival web browsers on its
upcoming Windows 8 operating system, following complaints from
Almunia is in charge of antitrust enforcement at the
"In my personal talks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer he
has given me assurances that they will comply immediately
regardless of the conclusion of the anti trust probe," Almunia
said at an economic conference in northern Italy, adding that he
considered the matter a "very, very serious issue."
The affair is part of an investigation opened in July into
the world No. 1 software company's failure to offer users a
choice of rival web browsers which it had agreed with regulators
three years ago.
In its latest spat with the U.S. group, the EU watchdog is
also looking into allegations that Microsoft does not provide
access to complete interfaces (APIs) for non-default browsers in
Separately, Almunia said he was in favour of extending a
temporary authorisation for state aid for stricken
Franco-Berlgian bank Dexia beyond a Sept.30. deadline.
"But the most important thing is to advance on a final,
structural solution about the future of the Dexia group," he
(Reporting by Lisa Jucca)