EU plans new Microsoft probe on browser, software

European Union regulators are investigating whether software giant Microsoft used its market dominance to squeeze out office software and internet browser rivals, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report quoted the European Commission as saying that it is opening two formal probes. The first will examine whether Microsoft withheld information from companies that want to make products compatible with its software, including Office word processing and spreadsheet programs, the report said.

The second will look at whether Microsoft illegally ties its internet Explorer browser to the Windows operating system found on most computers, it added.