commentary The $732 million penalty levied against Microsoft ignores the reality that the world is changing faster than EU regulators -- or any "ballot" -- can keep up.
European authorities levy yet another fine, after Microsoft runs afoul of previous antitrust commitments to provide a browser choice screen.
The European Commission found the software giant lax in offering PC owners a choice of browsers, and has demanded a hefty wodge of wonga.
Antitrust regulators are said to be moving ahead in investigating Microsoft's failure to provide a browser choice screen on PCs in the EU.
The software giant has given the EU assurances that it will comply immediately with regulators' demands, despite failing to honor an earlier agreement.
European regulators have accused the software giant of failing to uphold commitments it made in 2009 over offering consumers a choice of browser on new Windows PCs.
Europe's antitrust chief makes it clear that Microsoft should brace itself for another hefty fine from the EU after it failed to include the browser choice software in latest version of Windows 7.
European user of Windows 8 can now select their choice of browser, amid an European antitrust investigation into Microsoft's failure to include the software in Windows 7.
The launch of Windows 8 is set for October 26, but the EU is concerned that the upcoming OS may unfairly disadvantage rival browser makers.
Microsoft had admitted responsibility following scrutiny from European antitrust authorities into claims the software giant may have failed to fully comply with an earlier 2009 ruling.