Europe accuses Microsoft of violating the free choice of browser
The sky in Europe for Microsoft pint increasingly … And very dark gray. The European Commission today announced sending a statement of objections to the U.S. company, where he was accused of breaking its 2009 commitment to ensure its customers the choice to use a browser other than Internet Explorer.
This story that I’ve been talking about here several times, had originated even investigation by the Competition Commission of the European Union which sought to determine whether the company breached its commitment to provide users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 , sold in February 2011, the possibility of using other browsers besides Internet Explorer.
Before this investigation, since Microsoft blamed the limitation to a “technical error”, and as you have at the time around here , through a statement issued by the company in Brussels, the seat of the European Parliament, the Americans then took his ruling without protest:
“Due to a technical error, we were unable to provide the software ‘browser choice screen’ to computers that came with the Service Pack 1 for Windows 7,” said the company, which said that the software itself arrived correctly to computers that have installed the original version of Windows 7 or Windows relevant versions of XP and Windows Vista. “
However the European Commission were unhappy with this explanation and a few weeks ago and the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Joaquin Almunia, announced their discomfort about the issue:
“Microsoft has not kept its promises. We will have to consider taking action in this case. The next step is to open a procedure for determining a breach of our agreement. Since Microsoft has admitted, hopefully not take too long. “
We are talking about whether Microsoft is found guilty of having blocked the free choice of browsers with intentions of favoring his Internet Explorer could be forced to pay a fine of up to $ 7,400 million …
And all indications are that go to that scenario, because according to EFE, the European Commission today sent a statement of objections in which accused Microsoft of not having offered a choice screen browser on your version of Service Pack 1 Windows operating system, available since February 2011, although it had promised to do so …
However, from Brussels clarify that the notification of the statement of objections “does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation.” So we keep in expectation, although this step taken by the European Commission should have nothing happy to Redmond.
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