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Microsoft fined $731M in antitrust


March 06. 2013 11:30PM
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WASHINGTON — European Union antitrust officials on Wednesday hit Microsoft Corp. with a $731 million fine for failing to live up to a promise to allow Windows users to easily choose a Web browser other than Internet Explorer.


In 2009, the European Commission’s competition directorate agreed to close an investigation into allegations that Microsoft abused its dominant position in desktop software by tying Internet Explorer to Windows.


Microsoft agreed to include a browser choice screen in Windows. But the commission said Wednesday that Microsoft failed to offer that screen in a Windows 7 service pack software update from May 2011 to July 2012, in violation of the agreement.


“If companies agree to offer commitments which then become legally binding, they must do what they have committed to do or face the consequences — namely, the imposition of sanctions,” Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s vice president in charge of competition policy, said in announcing the fine of 561 million euros.


The fine comes on top of approximately $2.5 billion in levies from European officials on the software giant for antitrust violations in a series of high-profile cases dating to the early 2000s.


Microsoft said it took full responsibility for what it called a “technical error” and apologized for the problem.


“We provided the commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake — or anything similar — in the future,” the Redmond, Wash., company said.




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