Skip to comments.EU fines Microsoft $733M for breaking browser pact
Posted on 03/06/2013 10:46:19 AM PST by Olog-hai
The European Union has fined Microsoft 561 million ($733 million) for breaking a pledge to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the companys flagship Windows operating system.
The penalty imposed by the EUs executive arm, the Commission, is a first for Brussels: no company has ever failed to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities before.
The Commissions top regulator, Joaquin Almunia, said at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday that the fine reflected the size of the violation and the length of time it went on. It was also intended to make an example of Microsoft and deter other companies from doing same thing.
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Unreal,those people are not able to spend three mins. Installing
whatever browser they want?
They are just after $$$$
So I guess people in the European Union are just too stupid to figure out how to install Firefox, Chrome or Safari on their computers. I don’t own any Apple products but maybe someone can tell me if Apple computers come with Safari installed and if so why has the E.U. not gone after their deep pockets for the same thing. My G.M. cars all come with G.M. parts from the factory but nothing stops me from installing after market parts and I look at computer software the same way.I agree with Olog-hai this is just greed!
Yup, Apple products (computers/iPhone/ipad/iPod) all come with Safari. Easy as heck to download other browsers on the computers, at least.
Here at work, since we are cursed with Microsoft (Windows 7 is not bad, though), I do have IE on the machine. It has not improved and is still the worst browser in the multiverse.
However, even here, I have downloaded Firefox....which is what I use.
If you look at market share, that should show Chrome and IE fighting, while FireFox eats the glue. Chrome and IE are fighting for the top spot, with FireFox in a distant 3rd.
IE only has 30% of the market. It’s not a monopoly. Treating it as such is obviously motivated by greed.
What a bunch of crap.
How hard can it be to download Firefox or Chrome or whatever??
Gotta get grease to sent to Greece!
Chrome has gotten pushed hard, and might actually be the sheeple browser of choice now since it makes Google integration so easy. FF seems to still be the favored browser among the more technically knowledgeable and those who demand excellent ad blocking as the first point.
EURO-PARASITES-SOCIALISTS ripping off an American company so they can get their paychecks. They don’t have the cojones to try this with a European corporation. I thought this browser nonsense was over years ago. Anyone who can’t figure out how to install Firefox, Opera or Chrome should be kept away from computers