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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".
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Savvy users never had a problem finding an alternative, but those with no clue remain in the dark.
Choice is great! but the implementation of browser choice was terrible.
Is that the EU's fault of MS's?
They also claim they did not notice for 14 months. How convenient! DO they ever test this stuff?
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.
You may be too young to remember when America Online kept the whole country supplied with coastersFortunately not. I washed out on my second interview. After being told I had to be available from home I made the dumbass statement "Oh, I wouldn't install that on my home computer."
Google's marketing made people who did not know what a browser was realise they had a choice
You may be too young to remember when America Online kept the whole country supplied with coasters
I think it's entirely possible that many of those chrome users still don't know what a browser is. They think they're using a supercharged version of google. And, after all, google = the internet.
The most annoying things to me about computer ignorance is PC = Windows