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Microsoft (MSFT) will receive "a fine running into hundreds of millions of dollars" from the EU...

Microsoft (MSFT) will receive "a fine running into hundreds of millions of dollars" from the EU tomorrow over its alleged violation of a promise to give Windows users a choice of browsers, the FT reports. Reuters reported of a pending fine last week. (Danish tax probe)
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  • JayXu
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    What is wrong with EU?
    5 Mar 2013, 04:08 PM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    EU is going bankrupt, they need money at any cost.
    5 Mar 2013, 04:16 PM Reply Like
  • bimmerguy09
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    This is idiotic. Users have a choice. Fire up IE one time, and download whatever you want. It's not as if Windows stops you from using a third-party browser.

     

    I hope Microsoft pays in pennies.
    5 Mar 2013, 04:21 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    I'm all for the EU and living there, but this is absolutely ridiculous! Google, Facebook and other service providers disrespect privacy and gobble up user data to sell it for their profit - and good old Microsoft gets a browser fine as if we're back in the 1999 browser wars. I hope they appeal or pay in four hundred million single dollar installments.

     

    Whoever reached this verdict should be Binged on his forehead until he thinks he's Clippy.
    5 Mar 2013, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • cereal
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    Microsoft is the underdog given current trends, the anti-Microsoft laws should be revisited.
    5 Mar 2013, 06:22 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    GOOG has pumped millions to Europe for lobbying for a free internet. European politicians probably still print out e-mails and wonder why access to their Compuserve account is permanently disabled.
    5 Mar 2013, 06:31 PM Reply Like
  • kata
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    Maybe Msft will pay with discount coupons for Win8 :)
    5 Mar 2013, 05:38 PM Reply Like
  • Klevis
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    I completely agree with the above commentators that the browser choice is not a real issue. Nevertheless Microsoft agreed with the EU in 2011 (not sure about the year) that they would provide the browser choice to their Windows PC sold in EU. That is a direct disregard of a binding agreement.
    6 Mar 2013, 04:43 AM Reply Like
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