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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9/28/2012 12:27:20 PM
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.
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