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Microsoft promises action on European web browser concerns

Will open Windows 8 to competition
Mon Sep 10 2012, 09:41
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CONVICTED MONOPOLIST software house Microsoft will work with the European Union to open its Windows 8 operating system to web browser competition.

European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that Steve Ballmer has promised to play nice with other companies and keep his firm's operating system open to their software.

"In my personal talks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer he has given me assurances that they will comply immediately regardless of the conclusion of the antitrust probe," he said this weekend during an economic conference in northern Italy, Reuters reports.

It seems evident that Microsoft is not making access to Windows 8 particularly easy and in July Almunia raised concerns that the firm was not meeting its three year old obligations to offer web browser choice.

Reacting to an acknowledgement from Microsoft that the web browser choice screen was absent from the Windows 7 Server Pack 1, Almunia warned the firm to expect trouble.

He said, "We take compliance with our decisions very seriously. And I trusted the company's reports were accurate. But it seems that was not the case, so we have immediately taken action. If following our investigation, the infringement is confirmed, Microsoft should expect sanctions."

Microsoft was contrite, and apologised for its error. "We have fallen short in our responsibility to do this. Due to a technical error, we missed delivering the BCS software to PCs that came with the service pack 1 update to Windows 7," it said in a statement.

"While we have taken immediate steps to remedy this problem, we deeply regret that this error occurred and we apologize for it." µ


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