Microsoft fined $731 million by EC over browser menu goof

Microsoft is to learn the hard way that “a deal is a deal,” at least in the eyes of the European Union, by being forced to swallow a massive fine for breaching earlier promises made with the 27 member state bloc.

Microsoft has been fined $731 million by European authorities for falling foul of previous antitrust settlement conditions. The software giant breached a settlement that it signed with the European Commission in 2009, which mandated that it display a “browser choice” screen on all existing and new PCs in the region.

OK. So Microsoft goofed on the browser choice.

By why is it REALLY needed to have a menu? I know of one friend who uses IE on a new computer to download the latest Firefox version and then forgets about IE.

If Mozilla claims that they lost 9 million downloads [I’d really like to see how they came up with that number] then it is not because of having no choice but because they are fed up with the constant updates because of bugs. Why isn’t Google complaining about a loss in downloads? How can one be affected so greatly while the other one isn’t?

Second, if they didn’t grab another browser it is because the user really doesn’t care what browser they use. I think the majority of users can figure out what they want in a browser instead of a dumb menu.

While at it, why isn’t OS X, iOS and the various Linux distros unaffected by the ruling that Windows requires a browser choice while the others don’t? All the operating systems have a web browser. So why do they get this privilege?


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