Google joins the EU’s Internet Explorer smackdown

Google has applied to participate as a third party in the European Commission's effort to regulate the browser market and unbundle Internet Explorer from Microsoft's Windows operating system.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated February 24, 2009 5:35 PM CT

Google likes to tout the advantages of self-regulation and the free market when its dominance in search and advertising is called into question, but the Web giant doesn't seem to mind letting the government intervene in the browser market. In an announcement posted today at Google's official public policy blog, Google VP of product management Sundar Pichai says that the company will be participating as a third-party in the European Commission's (EC) ongoing investigation of Internet Explorer.

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