What a ridiculous situation
This whole issue annoys me. While Microsoft may have been engaged in some less than legitimate behaviour in the past, forcing them to promote other vendors browsers seems like a punitive measure based more on revenge than protecting the consumer from any threat, either real or perceived.
Imagine if you will you walk into a Ford dealership and you say to the salesman, yes I like the Focus very much, but is there any chance you could put in the engine from a Vauxhall Astra? Once the salesman had finished laughing his arse off, he'd kick you out. That doesn't mean you couldn't go and do it yourself, but you wouldn't expect to buy it in that situation.
What I don't get is why it should be any different in software. If you buy Windows, you get IE. If you like IE then you can stick with it. If you don't, you can go and download and install the browser of choice. If you don't know what you're doing with computers then you shouldn't be worrying about alternative browsers.
It annoys me that the EU seems to associate success with anti-competitive behaviour, just look at how they seem to be out to get Google (Why the hell should Google have to promote their competitors?) Yet at the same time seem to ignore Apple who seem equally happy to force you into using certain software (sometimes) without choice.