swa66 - 9:03 am on Mar 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
No choice as to a browser? IE has around 50% browser share in Europe. The evidence of reality contradicts them.
That same fact can also be used to show that the EU has had an impact. It's an impossible to win argument for either side. A choice was made, you cannot know what would have happened if it had been made otherwise.
Regardless, what Microsoft did was to get caught, get fined and agree to do something , then not do it. What authority would be foolish enough to not set an example ?
Or to put it otherwise: suppose you get caught reckless driving your car. You go to court and get a fine and let's say some community service for a few years to come. Then it turns out you did not show up for the community service after the first few months. What do you expect from the courts ? Oh, you didn't drive your car recklessly anymore, but does that matter or does the defiance and evasion of the punishment matter more now ?