Officials from the European Commission are said to be enlisting the help of rival browser vendors in their anti-trust dealings with Microsoft.
A report in The Wall Street Journal claims that the Commission has begun speaking with hardware and software vendors, including rival browser companies such as Opera, on ways in which Microsoft can allow for competition on Windows systems.
Among the ideas the Commission is said to be considering is forcing Microsoft to offer other browsers as automatic downloads.
The news is the latest in an ongoing battle between Microsoft and the European Union over its handling of Internet Explorer on Windows. The latest complaint was filed by Opera in January.
Microsoft is also in court with the EU over complaints about its willingness to provide interoperability information to developers, who have long claimed that the company deliberately makes it harder for certain third-party apps to work with Windows.
Microsoft did receive some good news last month when the EU relaxed its anti-trust oversight on future versions of Microsoft products.
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