Friday, 26 October 2012

Microsoft could lose up to 10% of annual turnover

Another update concerns the previously mentioned European procedure against Microsoft (Microsoft under investigation for limiting consumers' options). To briefly remind the readers: the European Commission is convinced that Microsoft failed to comply with the requirement to offer its users a choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser (instead of just providing them with a pre-installed default of Internet Explorer). The European Commission sent a Statement of Objections to Microsoft on non-compliance with its preliminary view. This does not necessarily mean that the Microsoft will be found as having breached its obligations since it has a right to defend itself. Only then a final decision will be made by the European Commission. If, however, the European Commission will determine that Microsoft breached its legal commitments, it may fine the company up to 10% of its total annual turnover. (Commission sends Statement of Objections to Microsoft on non-compliance with browser choice commitments)

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