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Microsoft fined 561 million euros ($732 million US) for browser choice error

Microsoft fined a massive 561 million euros for anti-competitive browser choice glitch

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:32 pm

Microsoft has been hit with a massive 561 million euro fine, which equates to around $732 million US, for removing the option to pick a different default browser in Windows 7 SP1. Microsoft had previously settled the EU over claims that making Internet Explorer the default browser was anti-competitive.

 

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Microsoft had agreed to provide the option of several different web browsers when Windows was installed or configured. When the company released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, the option to select a web browser was removed. Microsoft says that a technical error prevented the option screen from showing.

 

It took Microsoft 14 months and complaints from the EU to get the problem resolved. The EU has now fined Microsoft over the issue, though it's not as bad as it could have been. EU law allows for the fine to be up to 10 percent of the company's revenue, meaning the fine could have been as high as $7.4 billion.

 

"We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

NEWS SOURCES:Vr-zone.com

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