Microsoft pledged to institute the screen in 2009, but a European Union investigation between May 2011 and July 2012 found that as many as 15 million users were not given a browser choice
The software giantwas hit with the fineby the European Commission for failing to offer a browser choice
page for 14 months following its upgrade to Windows 7 in early 2011.
BRUSSELS, March 6 (KUNA) -- The European Commission announced today that it has imposed a 561 million euro fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with its commitments to offer users a browser choice
screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser.
Microsoft claimed in July 2012 that it only learned that month that the browser choice
software was missing from 10 percent of the computers intended to receive it, around 28 million.
In 2009, in order to resolve other competition concerns, Microsoft undertook to offer users a browser choice
screen allowing them to download a browser other than Explorer.
The Redmond-based firm made amends shortly after the announcement, arguing good faith and a "technical error detected recently" (early July): the programme for the display of the browser choice
screen was not updated.
In a statement, Microsoft conceded it had "fallen short" of its responsibility, while acknowledging that it was required to provide the browser choice
screen, or BCS.
supposed to provide a browser choice
screen in versions of Windows shipped in
The European Commission said users in the 27-country European Union were not offered the browser choice
from February 2011 until now -- a statement confirmed by Microsoft.
Opera led the battle in Brussels against Microsoft bundling its Windows software and Internet Explorer, which eventually saw Microsoft sending a browser choice
screen to some 200 million computers in Europe.
Other developments with the potential to upset the applecart are the approval of the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal, the appeal for net neutrality and Microsoft Windows' extension of its web browser choice
beyond Internet Explorer, starting next month.
Firefox makes a good browser choice
for anyone, but especially for users who want to purposefully avoid Internet Explorer (and ActiveX) or who don't need the finest granularity (e.