updated 11:50 am EDT, Wed March 11, 2009
MS Extension on EU Charges
The European Commission today said it would give Microsoft extra time to respond to its statement of objection that accuses Microsoft of breaking antitrust laws by requiring that Internet Explorer ship with Windows. The American company now has until April 21st to provide an initial response after it complained that the original eight-week deadline, or March 12th, didn't give it enough time to offer a proper answer to the charges. It's not known if the delay will affect other aspects of the case.
The European Union governmental body filed the statement in January and has since said its ultimate goal is to force a choice in browsers for copies of Windows sold on the continent. Both Google and Mozilla have become involved with the complaint and have argued that Internet Explorer prevents Chrome, Firefox and other browsers from gaining a significant foothold given Microsoft's monopoly of operating systems.