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Google tipped off the EU about Microsoft's browser choice bug that led to huge fine

Google and Opera said to be the ones who tipped the EU that Microsoft was breaking its browser choic

By Trace Hagan from Mar 7, 2013 @ 15:02 CST

All eyes are on Google as a report says that they are the ones responsible for tipping off the EU that Microsoft's Windows 7 no longer gave a choice of browser after Service Pack 1. Google, in conjunction with Opera, are said to be the responsible parties for causing the investigation that led to Microsoft being fined $730+ million.

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Of course Google and Opera had lots to gain by Microsoft being forced to promote their browsers. What company wouldn't want their product being promoted when a competitor's product was installed? Furthermore, Google and Microsoft haven't been on the best of terms as of late. Looking at Microsoft's Gmail smear campaign, one doesn't have to wonder why.

NEWS SOURCES:Venturebeat.com, Ft.com


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