Microsoft settles browser antitrust case in Europe

By Jos ยท 5 replies
Dec 16, 2009
  1. The European Commission's discontent with what it perceived as monopolistic practices from Microsoft has resulted in some hefty fines over the years, but it looks like the two have finally settled their differences over the choice of web browsers in Windows. In a statement issued today, European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes said that for the first time in over a decade, Internet users in Europe will have an effective and unbiased choice between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and competing software.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    "...though the company was warned it can still be fined up to 10 percent of yearly global turnover without regulators "having to prove any violation of EU antitrust rules" if it doesn't stick to the agreement."

    Translation: When we're low on money we'll sue you again for no reason at all - and win.
  3. TomSEA:
    "Translation: When we're low on money we'll sue you again for no reason at all - and win."

    Well, we Europeans have to live of something :p
  4. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    That is not entirely accurate. It says that the agreement to end anti-trust regulation is predicated on MS complying with the browser ballot for 5 years. If they don't, then the agreement is moot and the current court findings can be enforced again without further legal action.
  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +1,092

    In short term, this will have little to no effect in the browser war, but in the long term firefox will no doubt eat away at IE's share. I just hope they don't install FF2.0 just to make IE8 look good.
  6. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    I sure wish I could just complain and get loads of undeserved money...Over the years reading about legal cases I've started to become irritated every time I read the word "damages" and "offended" due to what I see as abuses of the terms..
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