The EU is set to fine Microsoft (MSFT +0.5%) by the end of March for failing to make good on an...

The EU is set to fine Microsoft (MSFT +0.5%) by the end of March for failing to make good on an '09 promise to offer Windows users a choice of browsers, Reuters reports. Given the EU has fined $2.1B to date, any penalty could be substantial. Perhaps Microsoft can defend itself by pointing out European consumers are having little trouble finding their way to 3rd-party browsers on their own.
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  • Gnart
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    EU needs money.. they are a bunch of thieves. They have been stealing US companies money. Google ($800/share) complained about MSFT/$22, make one wonder how many Google shares do they hold.
    28 Feb 2013, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    Yep, they're desparate for tax revenue, which is all this is.
    28 Feb 2013, 08:11 PM Reply Like
  • investingInvestor
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    How hard can it be to offer Windows users a choice of browsers?


    Easy-peasy! Just open a user dialog window when any user account is created. Oh-yeah, Microsoft already has a user dialog window to create a new user account. So, basically it's already done.


    So, where were we? How hard can it be... The EU is sooo unreasonable! Poor Microsoft! Just because they are convicted abusive monopolists, it's unfair to demand opening up the Web browser. Microsoft is only thinking of its users!
    28 Feb 2013, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • Humble Value Miner
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    as EU citizen, I am happy we can charge Microsoft another $1B or so for them being monopolistic. Some austerity money for Monti that won't come out from my pocket :)
    28 Feb 2013, 07:08 PM Reply Like
  • anil92691
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    EU has found a way to make money off US manufacturers. From what I understand, the EU wants to fine Microsoft for software introduced all around the world and not only Europe.


    If I was a regulator in India, I would order all EU drug companies to provide full disclosure on all off label promotion fine related information and fine them for off label promotion in the entire world.


    Firstly, why would I allow anyone to use anything other than my products on my equipment. Apple grew with that concept. When it does allow someone else's software, it charges a %. Microsoft should do that too.


    With this concept, EU should be penalized for requiring VISAs for the free flow of people! That is a monopolistic policy too....
    28 Feb 2013, 03:11 PM Reply Like
  • Humble Value Miner
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    EU wants to fine Microsoft for monopolistic abuse (monopoly is not allowed in EU). That's all. EU manufacturers are fined as well.


    It is super-simple to offer the browser choice, and they had lots of time. Microsoft can only blame itself.
    28 Feb 2013, 07:20 PM Reply Like
  • RogerJenn
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    Perhaps the EU plans to donate the fine proceeds to Italy so as to restore its economy and assure the sucess of the new political party started by an Italian TV comedian.


    28 Feb 2013, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Humble Value Miner
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    actually to be fair it is maybe 20 years that this comedian (Grillo) only performs in theaters and in public squares as he was not "persona gradita" in TV... both public and private TVs in Italy are politicized, and Grillo had the sad idea to say in TV that politicians are robbers... after that performance he was trowed out...
    28 Feb 2013, 07:17 PM Reply Like
  • mr wonder
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    Are Apple or Google (Android) also obligated to offer people the use of Internet Explorer on their operating systems, since they are dominating mobile OS's.


    Btw, MSFT had been warned. Monopoly is not allowed in the EU. So, apart from the fact that the fine is ridiculous high, shareholder better ask Steve Balmer how this could have happened.
    Like investing investor says, how hard could it have been to avoid this fine??
    28 Feb 2013, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • Gnart
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    Here are just a "few", search for EU fines:
    EU Fines Microsoft multiple times - Total Billions.
    EU Fines Intel Record $1.45B
    EU Fines 17 steel producers $635M
    EU Fines the world's biggest memory chip makers $403M
    EU Fines 17 bathroom equipment manufacturers $764M
    EU Fines Royal Philips Electronics NV (PHIA), LG Electronics Inc. (066570) and a Samsung Electronics Co. unit


    What are they doing with all that money?
    Split between themselves behind closed doors....
    EU is economically-raping everybody..... to pay for their incompentency....
    i.e.- French's 3-days work week, so they protest when GT don't want to manufacture in France...
    1 Mar 2013, 01:30 PM Reply Like
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