EU Regulators Could Fine Microsoft for Failing to Comply with 2009 Browser Ruling
September 27, 2012 8:54 AM
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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."
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
. 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.
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9/27/2012 1:38:12 PM
That is true, but this type of "fine" shouldn't only apply to desktop/laptop PC's.
Tablets (which have been outselling PC's lately) like the iPad and mobile products like the iPhone (the best selling smartphone in the United States) should be required to comply with rulings like this. They have millions and millions of users that are all forced to use Safari and now Apple Maps.
This is all clearly anti-competitive. It has been for years. Apple simply gets away with it because they throw out figures about developer revenue and App Store sales that make people go oooh aaaah.
9/27/2012 3:43:17 PM
It has noting to do with going after Microsoft again, they just want MS honor a agreement they made with the EU, and mS broke it again, and not only for a short time, but for over a year.
MS clearly broke the agreement, is it strange that the EU after warning them for over a half a year now says enough is enough, you had your chance.
Or would the US government react different?
Discussions about Apple market share or relevancy of the agreement dose not mater, MS just broke a agreement, and have bin given plenty of time to fix it.
Apparently they did not learn from the mega fines from before, or would the US government sit idly by if a EU company ignored a agreement?
Like BP cleaning up less then agreed on.
9/27/2012 3:59:07 PM
Except if BP had everything
cleaned up......they could stop cleaning. This browser mess was cleaned up long ago.
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