Microsoft has reached agreement with European Union anti-trust regulators to allow European users a choice of web browsers.
The accord ends 10 years of dispute between the two sides.
Over that time, the EU imposed fines totalling 1.68bn euros ($2.44bn, £1.5bn).
The European Commission said Microsoft’s legally binding agreement ended the dispute and averted a possible fine for the company.
The Commission’s concern was that the US computer giant may have broken competition rules by bundling its Internet Explorer web browser with its dominant Windows operating system.
Microsoft Statement on European Commission Decision in http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/dec09/12-16statement.mspx