NEW YORK (AP) _ Gateway Inc. plans to let customers choose which Internet browser they use in its new home computers after winning the concession from Microsoft Corp.

It is the latest sign of flexibility by Microsoft, an embattled maker of computer operating software.

The browser choice comes after government lawyers sued Microsoft over allegedly restrictive contracts that force PC companies such as Gateway to install Microsoft's software for viewing and retrieving Internet information.

Netscape Communications Corp., which pioneered the market for Internet browser, has seen its share dramatically slide due to Microsoft's aggressive marketing practices.

``We have gained some flexibility in our negotiations with Microsoft,'' Gateway chief executive Ted Waitt said in a telephone interview this morning.