Global computer software colossus Microsoft has conceded to the European Union over new and distinct a name for its cut-down version of Windows XP .

Microsoft was ordered to produce a version of the program without a media player component to comply with EU competition rulings a year ago.

After much procrastination and an eyewatering fine [WAMN: 28-Jan-05] the company could begin shipping its Windows XP Home Edition N and professional counterpart to European suppliers within weeks.

Microsoft lawyer Horacio Gutierrez is not entirely happy but says, magnanimously: "We fear it may cause confusion for consumers buying the product, but we will adopt the commission's name in order to move forward and accelerate the pace of the implementation process."

EU regulators also require Microsoft to make available the information that producers of coordinated products need to enable them to operate with Windows.

Data sourced from Washington Post Online; additional content by WARC staff