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EU fines Microsoft 561 million euros over web browser

U.S. company only promoted Internet Explorer in Europe

EU fines Microsoft 561 million euros over web browser

Brussels, March 6 - European Union antitrust regulators on Wednesday fined Microsoft 561 mullion euros for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer, to users in the EU. Microsoft introduced a browser choice screen in March 2010 as part of a settlement following a 2009 EU competition investigation. But the US company dropped the feature in a Windows 7 update from February 2011 to July 2012. Microsoft failed to report that for 14 months, the browser choice screen had disappeared, forcing 15 million European users to use Internet Explorer. "If commitments are disregarded that is a serious violation, which must be sanctioned appropriately", EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters. "We trusted Microsoft's reports, but should have checked on them ourselves. We were naive in 2009, but that won't happen again".

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