Microsoft Fined $730 Million Over Browser Beef

The EU slaps Microsoft for continuing a monopolistic browser policy with Internet Explorer.

The European Union has levied a fine of €561 million, or around $730 million, on Microsoft as part of a continuing monopolistic abuse case involving Internet Explorer.

To deflect a previous lawsuit that alleged MS was forcing its Internet Explorer browser on users by packaging it with Windows, to the detriment of other browser companies, MS had agreed to implement a pop-up browser "ballot" menu that listed alternative browser options for new Windows owners. This began in March 2010, but a February 2011 Windows 7 update erased the browser choice option, and it wasn't reinstated. MS says this was a technical error, but the E.U. disagrees and has fined the firm.

Microsoft may also be facing a billion dollar tax bill from Denmark over alleged tax abuses arising during a 2002 purchase of a Danish firm.

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