Microsoft fined by European Commission over web browser

Microsoft has been fined €561 million ($731m; £484m) for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer program, to users in the European Union (EU).It introduced a Browser Choice Screen pop-up in March 2010 as part of a settlement following an earlier EU competition investigation.But the US company dropped the feature in a Windows 7 update in February 2011.Microsoft said the omission had been the result of a “technical error”. see:E.U. Fines Microsoft $732 Million Over Browser
The European Commission on Wednesday fined Microsoft €561 million for failing to live up to a settlement agreement offering consumers a choice of Internet browsers.The fine, equivalent to $732 million, is first time that E.U. regulators have punished a company for neglecting to comply with the terms of an antitrust settlement, and it could signal their determination to enforce deals in other cases, including one involving Google, where such an agreement is under discussion. fined €561m for ‘browser choice’ error
Microsoft has been fined €561m by the European commission for failing to give users a choice of web browser when they logged into Windows computers in Europe between May 2011 and July 2012 – breaking a binding commitment it had made in 2009.The error arose when Microsoft’s own programmers forgot to include a single line of code that would have automatically triggered the “browser choice” program on versions of Windows 7 running its first major update, called Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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