Microsoft fined $731 million by European Union over web browsing issue

Microsoft fined $731 million by European Union over web browsing issue

Due to some unsatisfied coding in Microsoft Windows 7 two year back European Commission has fined $731 million over web Browsing.

Microsoft said Wednesday it would not contest the fine, imposed for what the commission said was the company’s mistreat of its market ascendency to stifle contenders’ Web browsers.

In First time in 2009 Microsoft pay 860 million euro to European commission to use another browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead of internet Explorer. But round about 15 million Windows 7 installations   Europe failed to fix and forced to use internet Explorer and Microsoft admitted this failure last time.

Microsoft Said when we released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in February 2011, sloppy coding and testing a new code option is failed to install alternate browser. Microsoft said the company was unaware for this problem and knows these months later.

We take full responsibility for its technical error and accused for it Microsoft spokesman added.

Speaking to the press conference at The Capital of Belgium Brussels Joaquin Almunia Said that the fine reflected the size of violation and the length of time it went on far.


“Almunia said it was also proposed to make an example of Microsoft and discourage other companies from doing same thing. In theory, the commission could have fined Microsoft up to 10 percent of its global annual sales during the period the violation took place.

“‘A failure to follow is a very serious violation that must be penalized accordingly,’ Almunia said.”

The Telegraph of London says Microsoft expected the fine and cut bonuses for CEO Steve Ballmer accordingly last year.

“However Microsoft hoped that fine final figure would be lower than 731 million because its web browser strength in the market radically decreased as compared to its committing the offer “ the telegraph added.

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