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Microsoft explains to Europe by a ‘technical error’ not offered the choice of browsers

Microsoft explains to Europe by a 'technical error' not offered the choice of browsers

(Cc) Andrey Edney

With the opening of an investigation by the Competition Commission of the European Union to Microsoft , not to allow 7 users could freely select the preferred Internet browser (giving the exclusive to Explorer), from have blamed this limitation to a “technical error”.

Through a statement released by Microsoft in Brussels, headquarters of the Parliament, the company has made its ruling without protest:

“Due to a error, we could not provide the software from the ‘browser choice screen’ to computers that came with the update Service Pack 1 of Windows 7″, the company said, who added that the software did arrive correctly to computers that have installed the original version of Windows 7 or Windows XP versions and relevant Windows Vista “.

As we know, yesterday Vice President of the European commission responsible for Competition, Joaquin Almunia, 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. Microsoft has not hesitated to take responsibility for this mistake and apologize for it:
and apologizes for it:

“We have taken immediate steps to resolve this problem, we deeply regret that this error has occurred and apologize for it.”

So, and since it is not the first time that the European Commission draws attention to Microsoft about the issue, the company has asked for a term to Brussels, to extend the 15-month period for which they are committed to providing these opportunities choice of browser, which in principle should last until 2014 …

Since it is an issue that comes from 2009 when Brussels made binding commitments to provide Browsers other than Internet Explorer available to users of Windows 7 operating system, sold since February 2011, the subject falls far worse in Europe, where it really I have my doubts about whether the apology will be enough for Microsoft: Will save the fine that protruded from the European Commission yesterday and could represent 10% of annual earnings of the company?

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