Microsoft admits it failed to stick to EU antitrust deal
Wednesday 18 July 2012
Microsoft has admitted it may have failed to install a choice of browsers other than its own on 28 million computers and could now face the prospect of huge fines for what it describes as a "technical" error.
The revelation by the US software giant is the second time it has defied regulators.
Microsoft agreed to provide a choice of access to different browsers to its customers – a deal set in place by a 2009 European Union order – and closely avoided a penalty fine at the time. The 2009 agreement was made to enable other browsers – such as Google and Mozilla – to be available instead of only its own, Internet Explorer, browser.
Microsoft admitted it has "fallen short" of the agreement while EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said investigations of its Windows 7 operating system have found that 28 million users were not offered a choice.
"If following our investigation, the infringement is confirmed, Microsoft should expect sanctions," he said.
But Microsoft has blamed the error on a "technical problem" and has vowed to rectify this.
The company said: "Due to a technical error, we missed delivering the BCS (browser choice screen) software to PCs that came with the service pack 1 update to Windows 7. While we have taken immediate steps to remedy this problem, we deeply regret that this error occurred and we apologise for it."
The 2009 ruling followed a 10-year battle between the EU and Microsoft with regulators accusing the company of abusing its dominance.
- 1 Reyhaneh Jabbari: Iran due to execute woman for murder of her alleged attempted rapist
- 2 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 3 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 4 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 5 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Money & Business
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Real Staffing are currently lo...
NEGOTIABLE: Austen Lloyd: TRUST ACCOUNTANT - KENTIf you are a Chartered Accou...
£18000 - £20000 per annum + OTE £30000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 b...
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: CITY - Law Costs Draftsperson - NICHE...