Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
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EU fines Microsoft 561 million euros over web browser

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Brussels, March 6 - European Union antitrust
regulators on Wednesday fined Microsoft 561 mullion euros for
failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just
Internet Explorer, to users in the EU.
Microsoft introduced a browser choice screen in March 2010
as part of a settlement following a 2009 EU competition
investigation. But the US company dropped the feature in a
Windows 7 update from February 2011 to July 2012.
Microsoft failed to report that for 14 months, the browser
choice screen had disappeared, forcing 15 million European users
to use Internet Explorer.
"If commitments are disregarded that is a serious violation,
which must be sanctioned appropriately", EU Competition
Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters.
"We trusted Microsoft's reports, but should have checked on
them ourselves. We were naive in 2009, but that won't happen
again".

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