EC may have "won", but its the WRONG battle
Very few people care that windows gets freebies thrown in with it. We don't have to use Internet Explorer just because it's there. We can use firefox instead. Or any other browser, free or otherwise. We do have that choice, whether or not microsoft wants it.
What we don't have a choice of, in the EU at least, is being able to buy windows at a sensible price.
The questions that EU should be dealing with are:
A) WHY IS IT MORE EXPENSIVE IN EU THAN IN USA ??? If Microsoft can supply windows to developing countries for less than the normal cost in the USA. then
b) Why are the upgrades so expensive? If I already have a licence, I've already paid for MOST of what I'm getting with the upgrade, and with the size of the windows market there's no reason why an upgrade should cost more than 10% (or 20% absolute tops) of the original purchase price.
c) Why isn't there a guaranteed 10 year support cycle? People do NOT want to be forced into Vista just because it suits microsoft (or, more correctly, because it allows microsoft to print money). Indeed, every manufacturer should be obliged to grant existing users a completely FREE upgrade if it withdraws support for an older product.
d) Why is there such a difference between the cost of OEM copies and retail copies? OK, the box costs money -- so, provide a retail download service. Or, insist that the "box sellers" can buy vanilla CDs in bulk at the same price as the manufacturers, and resell them at whatever price they consider is correct.
Those are (some of) the more important issues -- which both USA and EU regulators should be tackling. Not whether or not we get free gifts along with the product, which is only a diversion from the real problems.