Browser choice – How a “technical error” cost Microsoft over $700 million

Posted: 07/03/2013 in Uncategorized

On Wednesday, the European Commission slapped Microsoft with a €561 million fine ($731m, £484m).

Microsoft was hit by the stiff fine for failing to comply with its commitments to offer Windows users a screen that would allow them to easily choose from a list of web browsers.

The EC brought up the fact that Microsoft failed to roll out the browser choice screen with its Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from May 2011 until July 2012, thereby depriving 15 million Windows users in the European Union from seeing the choice screen.

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