The following is an excerpt from David Goldman | July 20, 2012 | CNN.com |
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Microsoft has gotten caught up once again in an antitrust battle over its Internet Explorer browser — and this time, it could cost the company billions.
European regulators claim that Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) failed to comply with a 2009 commitment to give PC users in Europe a choice about which browser they use. As of March 2010, a “choice screen” was supposed to pop up when a user was setting up Windows, displaying 11 differing browsers to choose from, including Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer.
Microsoft initially complied with the agreement, but stopped showing the choice screen when a Windows 7 update called “Service Pack 1″ rolled out in February 2011. The company’s compliance reports to the European Commission stated that Microsoft was honoring its commitment, but the software giant recently admitted that it had not been displaying the choice screen.
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