Microsoft offers customers using IE as their default browser the chance to install rival software, and begins automatic shutdown of PCs running the Windows 7 release candidate
Bloomberg says that Microsoft is looking to settle several pending issues before EU Competition boss Neelie Kroes steps down at year's end.
After a powerful regulator publicly urges more adoption of open source, Steve Ballmer's got to wonder if he'll ever catch a break. Probably not.
The European Commission found the software giant lax in offering PC owners a choice of browsers, and has demanded a hefty wodge of wonga.
Competition chief says the European Commission is preparing to charge Microsoft over its Windows 7 browser choice failure. It's eyeing formal antitrust proceedings against Google too.
The software giant has given the EU assurances that it will comply immediately with regulators' demands, despite failing to honor an earlier agreement.
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.
Google's Chrome is now the second most popular Web browser in the UK, capturing 22 per cent of the market. That edges out Firefox, which accounts for 21 per cent.
In criticizing the 899 million euro fine, Microsoft's attorney argues that the EU should have been clearer about the rates it expected the company to charge.