EU opens Microsoft antitrust probe over web browser
18 Jul 2012 10:43
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The European Commission opened an antitrust probe on Tuesday against Microsoft over charges it was failing to give consumers a choice over which web browser they can use.
"We are now opening formal proceedings," European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told a news conference. "If infringements are confirmed, there will be sanctions."
In order to avoid EU sanctions in 2009, the US software giant had agreed to provide Windows users in Europe a "choice screen" enabling them to choose a web browser instead of Microsoft's default Internet Explorer.
However, the choice screen appears to have disappeared when Microsoft rolled out Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in February 2011, depriving about 28 million people of the option of choosing their preferred web browser, Almunia said.
"Microsoft has recently acknowledged that the choice screen was not displayed during that period," the commission, the EU's antitrust regulator, said.
Source: AFP via I-Net Bridge
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