EU penalizes Microsoft for dropping browser-choice option

03/6/2013 | BBC

The European Commission has imposed a $731 million fine on Microsoft for dropping a browser-choice feature from Windows 7, which made Internet Explorer the default browser for European users. "We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it," a Microsoft spokesman said. Tony Woodgate of Simmons & Simmons says the fine is a sign that the EU "will not tolerate failure by a company to comply with the commitments it gave to settle an antitrust infringement procedure."

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