EU fines Microsoft $731 million for broken promise, warns others

European Union Competition Commissioner Almunia holds a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in BrusselsBRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union fined Microsoft Corp 561 million euros ($ 731 million) on Wednesday for failing to offer users a choice of Web browser, an unprecedented sanction that will act as a warning to other firms involved in EU antitrust disputes. It said the U.S. software company had broken a legally binding commitment made in 2009 to ensure that consumers had a choice of how they access the internet, rather than defaulting to Microsoft's Explorer browser. …

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