Europe's antitrust chief on Wednesday announced a $731 million fine on Microsoft for its failure to include a browser choice page in its upgrade to Windows 7 in 2011.
The browser choice screen was set as a requirement by the European Commission following an anti-competitive ruling against Microsoft in 2009.Despite Microsoft saying the omission was an oversight due to a "technical fault," Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia charged the company for failing to live up to the terms of the 2009 settlement.
The Commission has increasingly used settlements to solve antitrust cases rather than punitive fines. But this is the first time it has fined a company for failing to honor commitments. Almunia seems keen to send the message that settlements must be followed to the letter.
Microsoft is rumored to have deliberately left the browser feature out of the European browser update for a purpose- the price has been a few hundred million which will be reduced in coming months thru negotiation. But even the full 700 million is about 1% of the Microsoft cash hoard. It is clear that nothing the basher freaks can do can stop the Microsoft juggernauts so you might as well give it up phands and hurry down to the water front or to Father Murphy's to satisfy your perverse needs
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