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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM

European Commissioner says Microsoft will work on addressing antitrust browser choice concerns

Microsoft will be complying with the European Union to address concerns that the software giant isn’t allowing users browser choice, as it had promised to do, according to Joaquin Almunia, vice president of the European Commission and commissioner in charge of competition issues.

That’s according to a Reuters report, which quotes Almunia as saying: “In my personal talks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer he has given me assurances that they will comply immediately regardless of the conclusion of the anti trust probe.”

The Reuters report added that Almunia said he considered the matter a “very, very serious issue.”

In July, the EU opened an antitrust investigation into whether Microsoft kept the commitments it had made in 2009 to provide a browser choice screen allowing users to select a browser other than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

In a statement at the time, Microsoft acknowledged it had “fallen short in our responsibility to do this,” attributing it to a technical error. “While we have taken immediate steps to remedy this problem, we deeply regret that this error occurred and we apologize for it.”

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