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December 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Deal expired, Microsoft stops offering Europeans other browsers

Another of Microsoft’s antitrust battles is behind the company.

Microsoft put nearly two decades of major antitrust scrutiny to bed in 2009 with a deal with European regulators. The European Union had found that Microsoft used Windows’ dominance of PCs to gain users for the Internet Explorer Web browser. Microsoft was required to offer Windows users a choice of browsers to demonstrate the variety of other options available.

The agreement didn’t go entirely smoothly, with what Microsoft called a technical error that kept the browser selection option off some editions of Windows 7, resulting in a $733 million fine levied in 2013.

Now, with the five-year timeline of the deal lapsed, the Web portion of that choice portal,, went dark.

A screenshot of Microsoft's browser choice website.

A screenshot of Microsoft’s browser choice website.


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April 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Support for Windows XP ending next year, the push against Google and other news

I’m back from a few days away. Here are some highlights of what’s been happening: Microsoft had said earlier that it was ending support for the 12-year-old Windows XP in April 2014. It’s issuing the notice again, a year before that’s scheduled to happen on April 8, 2014.In an official blog post urging people…


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March 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

EU fines Microsoft over lack of browser choice screen

The European Union today issued a $733 million fine against Microsoft for not including a browser choice screen on some PCs running Windows that sold in Europe. It is the first time a fine has been levied against a company for failing to keep its commitment to the European Commission, the regulatory arm of the EU,…


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