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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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December 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Microsoft helping NORAD track Santa

Home page of the NORAD Santa Tracker 2013 (Photo from Microsoft)

Home page of the NORAD Santa Tracker 2013 (Photo from Microsoft)

[This post has been updated with information on Microsoft’s/NORAD’s and Google’s Santa Trackers.]

NORAD is again partnering with Microsoft this year to power its popular Santa Tracker, after first switching from Google to Microsoft last year to do so.

The NORAD Santa Tracker, which is now live, is a  showcase this year for Internet Explorer.


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November 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 now globally available

Microsoft said today that Internet Explorer 11 is available for download today worldwide. The company says it will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 starting today. Microsoft says IE11 is faster (with faster page loading, interactivity and JavaScript performance), and reduces CPU usage and improves battery life on mobile devices. Some of the engineers…


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July 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM

What do Internet Explorer and Twinkies have in common?

Internet Explorer and Twinkies — not to mention unicorns and lemmings — are apparently things that have been subject to misperceptions, according to Microsoft in a new ad for Internet Explorer. The whimsical, cutesy ad has singer-songwriter Laura Gibson musing about things such as: “Do Twinkies last forever?” and  “Were unicorns once alive?”  These are things…


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March 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Microsoft announces quarterly dividend, changes IE policy on Flash, launches Lync 2013 mobile app

I’m back in the office after a few days away. Here are several things that happened during that time: — Microsoft on Monday declared a quarterly dividend of 23 cents per share — the same amount as its past few quarterly dividends. The dividend is payable June 13, 2013 to shareholders of record on May 16,…


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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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February 26, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Final version of Internet Explorer 10 now available for Windows 7

Microsoft has just released the final version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. Windows 7 users can download IE10 directly. Otherwise, Microsoft will soon begin to automatically update Windows 7 users to IE10. starting with those running the Release Preview version of IE10, which had been launched in November. Developed to work optimally with the…


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