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Microsoft to Sell Stripped-down Version of Windows in Europe


Microsoft says it will sell a stripped-down version of its Windows operating system in Europe after bickering with regulators over the name of the product.

The action is part of the software giant's lengthy legal battle with European Union regulators who say the company abused its near-monoply in the operating system market to unfairly crush its competitors.

EU regulators last year fined Microsoft $650 million and demanded it change some business practices.

The EU ordered Microsoft to offer a version of its operating system that did not contain the Microsoft program that plays films and music on computers in the hope of allowing competitors to enter this growing market.

Microsoft calls its reduced software package Windows XP Home Edition N.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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