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E.U. Fines Microsoft $731 Million Over IE Browser Choice

1:40 pm on Mar 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has been fined 561 million euros ($731m; 484m) for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer, 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".

[edited by: engine at 5:23 pm (utc) on Mar 6, 2013]
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3:03 am on Mar 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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So you go to Al's and ask them to sell your meat. "No," they say.

Now let's try the version where you go to Al's and they say "Yes, but only if you agree not to sell to anyone else, ever."

That's when it gets ugly. Is MS there yet?
1:02 pm on Mar 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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That's when it gets ugly. Is MS there yet?

I'm pretty sure the worst (ugliest?) side of MSFT to be on as a business right now is when you try to manufacture and sell windows based tablets. That must be a horrible business right now: a set of hugely successful and dominant competitors (apple and "android") where you barely can make a dent in it all and then your software supplier deciding to start to compete with you on the hardware you make and spending loads of money on advertising their hardware. Add to it that you probably have a contract with MSFT (for the laptop/desktop/servers OS and/or Office) prohibiting you from selling anything related to other OSes - so you can't even jump on the android wagon.
11:57 am on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Aren't they a monopoly on phones and don't they lock out or restrict competitors on their products?

No. MS have a much higher proportion of the desktop market than Apple has of the smart phone market.

I do not like a lot of what Apple does, in that I think its bad for consumers, but its all probably perfectly legal under current laws.
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