Microsoft Competitors Win, But European Consumers May Lose

The guiding principle of antitrust law in the U.S. is the protection of consumers from anticompetitive practices. Europeans law, however, focuses on protecting competitors. The difference is on display in Microsoft’s decision to leave the Internet Explorer browser out of copies on Windows 7 sold in European Union countries. The move may delight competitors including Mozilla, Google, Opera, and Apple, but it will cause problems for some consumers.

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