EU fines Microsoft after broken a legally binding commitment

BELGIUM: The European Union (EU) fined Microsoft Corp 561 million euros (RM2.26bil) on Wednesday for failing to offer users a choice of Web browser, an unprecedented sanction that will act as a warning to other firms including Google involved in EU antitrust disputes, the Star reported.

Between May 2011 and July 2012, Microsoft at default offered users to use Microsoft’s Explorer browser to access Internet. It had broken a legally binding commitment made in 2009 to ensure that consumers had a choice of how they access the Internet.

It is the first time the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust authority, has handed down a fine to a company for failing to meet its obligations.

Author: VSDaily Editor

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