EU to fine Microsoft over lack of web browser choice

The European Union is to fine Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling over its lack of choice in web browsers on Windows-based computers.

The European Union is to fine Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling over its lack of choice in web browsers on Windows-based computers.

 
The EU's Competition Commissioner said that “formal charges” are being prepared against the company, which could cost it billions of dollars. Microsoft was previously fined $1.28 billion, but now the charge could be as much as $7.4 billion, ten percent of its revenues for the last fiscal year.
 
Microsoft admitted its failure to abide by the ruling, but blamed it on a technical glitch rather than an unwillingness to give in to EU demands. This is unlikely to wash with the Commission, however, and a hefty fine may be levied to show that lack of cooperation will not be tolerated.
 
 EU to fine Microsoft over lack of web browser choice
 
Microsoft once dominated the browser market with Internet Explorer, but the rise of Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome has left it with roughly half its old market share, with both of its rivals possessing a marginally higher slice of the market.
 
Despite the drop in support for Internet Explorer, the EU believes Microsoft has been acting in an uncompetitive manner by not offering rival browsers with Windows. Microsoft agreed to address this issue three years ago, but perhaps understandably has been hesitant to hurt its ailing browser further by encouraging more people to use Chrome or Firefox.
 
The European Commission also issued a warning to Google about its competition practices, threatening legal action if it fails to address its concerns.
 
Source: Reuters