Europe is investigating whether Microsoft violated its commitment to offer other browsers
Microsoft is back in the sights of the European Union: The Competition Commission will investigate 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.
This was announced by Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition, Joaquin Almunia, in a press conference in which he said that “if the offense is committed may be sanctions” against Microsoft, and said it could impose a Fine of up to 10% of their annual turnover.
The problem is that the company had undertaken to inform users of this system had the ability to switch browser, and Microsoft representatives have confirmed to the European Commission in late 2011, they were complying with this agreement …
However, the Commission has other information: Explain that from February 2011 to date, operating system users in the European Union (about 28 million people) “have not seen” the screen you are given the possibility of using different browsers … Even Almunia specified that “Microsoft has recently acknowledged that the choice screen is not shown in that period.”
Although from the European Commission did not indicate the time in which they must have a conclusion on this subject, specified that Almunia expected to advance research “as soon as possible” … How will it affect Microsoft is fine? Concluding that Microsoft acted in this way, my view is incredible that companies commit these violations they may incur millions in fines. The only explanation I can find is that the benefit they get from this behavior is greater than the penalty, and therefore take risks.browser, Competition, EU, European Union, Explorer, Fine, Microsoft, research, sanction