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Microsoft previously admitted to not offering users a choice in browsers for Windows 7

Microsoft is been in hot water more than once over its practices of bundling browsers with its Windows operating system. Several years ago, EU regulators forced Microsoft to go to a ballot screen that allowed people more clarity in their choice for browsers. More recently, Microsoft has found itself under fire for changes to the browser ballot screen in Windows 7 and could face additional fines.
EU regulators announced today that they are preparing to charge Microsoft for failing to comply with the 2009 ruling.
"The next step is to open a formal proceeding into the company's breach of an agreement. We are working on this," EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters.
"It should not be a long investigation because the company itself explicitly recognized its breach of the agreement."
Regulators began investigating Microsoft in July; marking the first time Microsoft had failed to meet commitments under the EU antitrust ruling against it. Microsoft faces massive fines of up to 10% of its global turnover reports Reuters. Surprisingly, Microsoft admitted that it did not offer users a choice of browsers in Windows 7.
Microsoft may not be the only major technology firm in hot water with EU regulators. Almunia has also warned Google that it faces problems if it doesn't do more to address allegations that it may have undermined its competitors in the search market.
"If remedies offered by Google can eliminate our concerns, we will succeed in reaching an agreement. Otherwise, the legal road is a long one," Almunia said.

Source: Reuters

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RE: Funny....
By Reclaimer77 on 9/27/2012 11:18:30 AM , Rating: 5
Pretty sure the iPad has at least 90% of the tablet market. So basically you can take this overused excuse and cram it up your ass.

RE: Funny....
By BZDTemp on 9/27/12, Rating: -1
RE: Funny....
By Helbore on 9/27/2012 12:37:11 PM , Rating: 3
If you're going to lump all tablets (and possibly smartphones, being that they're just small tablets) into the same bracket as "computers," then Microsoft doesn't have a monopoly any more, either.

RE: Funny....
By Reclaimer77 on 9/27/2012 12:37:49 PM , Rating: 2
Oh snap!

RE: Funny....
By albus on 9/27/2012 1:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
How long is it going to last? If the Safari marketshare grows way past 60%, then all guns on Microsoft will be off. They will turn to Apple. Only one player can have a monopoly.

RE: Funny....
By BZDTemp on 9/27/2012 3:34:52 PM , Rating: 1
So? The case covered here isn't about what happens now it is about what has happened.

Besides the whole "Then why not go after Apple" is not making Microsoft any less guilty of their wrong doing.

Finally a lot of people needs to grab a dictionary and look up monopoly. And when they have done that next they need to read up on anti-cartel laws and the like.

RE: Funny....
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/28/2012 12:27:20 PM , Rating: 2
Your first mistake was thinking Microsoft is somehow "wronging the world" with IE. Did they WTFPWN Netscape? Yes. Why? Because Netscape wanted to charge you for a browser and Microsoft threw one in for free that was "good enough". Fast forward and Firefox produced a free browser and gained market share, Chrome has done the same thing.

Really the issue now is why do people prefer free products that are "good enough" over better products that cost money? BECAUSE IT'S FREE!

This whole Browser and Media Player nonsense in the EU is just a perfect example of how screwed up these "regulators" are. If any of them had a shred of modern education in the STEM fields they wouldn't be able to take themselves seriously. Instead we're stuck with a bunch of old timers with "legal" degrees who have no business dictating anything in the technology field.

I hope I live to see a day when Lawyers are cast down from society and not taken seriously. When I think lawyer, I think Bozo the clown.

RE: Funny....
By semiconshawn on 9/27/2012 4:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but so what? Thats just because most other tablets have sucked would you not agree? The competition is coming around it looks like now but early dominance is normal with any product. Alot of people drove Fords at first. The problem with Android tablets wasnt that there werent some good ones it was what do you do with it? They did not have the "marketplace", "store" or whatever implemented correctly. You could buy an ipad sign in and start the consumption easily and pretty. Amazon has caught on. Kindles are selling. Its a budget version of the same exact thing. A tablet linked to a solid marketplace.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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