Microsoft fined by European Commission over web browser

  • 6 March 2013
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BBC 6 March 2013 Last updated at 07:02 ET
Microsoft has been fined 561 million euros ($731m; £484m) for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer program, to users in the European Union (EU).
It introduced a Browser Choice Screen pop-up in March 2010 as part of a settlement following an earlier EU competition investigation.
But the US company dropped the feature in a Windows 7 update in February 2011.
Microsoft said the omission had been the result of a "technical error".
But competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said the action was unprecedented, adding he wanted to deter any company from the "temptation" of reneging on such a promise.
In theory the watchdog could have fined the firm 10% of its global annual revenue, which would have totalled $7.4bn based on its 2012 report.
"We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologised for it," a spokesman for Microsoft said following the announcement.
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Yeah, it's a quite big headline here in Europe causing a lot of buzz.
As a Opera advocate, it would be sweet to see a few percent of the fine coming to Opera to support this great but unfortunately underestimated browser.
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I don't think people should make a big deal over it. If you are smart enough you would be able to find and download another browser.