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Microsoft might be challenged on browser choice screen again

Europe gets ready to investigate
Wed Sep 19 2012, 11:57
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SOFTWARE MONOPOLIST Microsoft might be about to find itself at the centre of another investigation into anti competitive behaviour in the web browser market.

Bloomberg's sources report that European regulators are concerned about Microsoft's apparent favouring of its Internet Explorer web browser on Windows machines and are about to launch a fresh investigation of the situation.

Two people have told Bloomberg about the impending investigation and claim that the European Commission's finger is hovering over the Send button on an official complaint. They have chosen to remain in the shadows because the complaint is not yet public.

We have asked the relevant people at the EC about this and are waiting for a response.

Earlier this month European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had promised that the company would play nice when it came to offering people a choice of web browsers.

That followed an apology from the firm for an oversight that saw the the web browser choice screen missing from the Windows 7 Server Pack 1.

Then Microsoft was warned to expect strong sanctions if it breached the prior settlement again. µ


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