European Commission fined Microsoft 561 million euros for exercise of monopoly




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The European Commission fined Microsoft 561 million euros for the exercise of monopoly

The European Commission decided on Wednesday fined the company “Microsoft” 561 million euros for violating the terms of the antitrust agreement in the European Union.

The Commission, which is the executive arm of the European Union in the reasons for its ruling that such a fine and signed on Microsoft because it did not provide the option to change the browser screen the main operating system “Windows 7” in the period from May 2011 to July 2012.

The Commission agreed with the “Microsoft” in 2009 to overthrow ŢÖíĺ monopoly for the provision of screen option for users of “Windows” to choose between browsers different for a period of five years, but later found that the American company violated its pledge in favor of supporting their browser “Internet Explorer”.

Not convinced the Commission to justify “Microsoft” for reasons you do not see that screen during the mentioned period, as ascribed American company comes to a technical error led to submit its program “Internet Explorer” just to surf the Internet instead of providing those screen that allows the user to choose any other browser.

The UNHCR considered that “Microsoft” to prevent selection screen browser that exercised monopoly against nearly 15 million users of Windows system in the European Union, where it was not in front of them only use “Internet Explorer” at the beginning of the use of “Windows”, a system dominant among other operating systems.

UNHCR explained within the merits of its operating system “Windows” dominates the market share of about 90% in the European Union, have a browser “Internet Explorer” 55% of the proportion of the use of browsers used in the Union.

For its part, reiterated the “Microsoft” today in an official statement in response to the fine apologized to the technical error that caused the problem, and emphasized the great keenness not to repeat such a mistake in the future.

It is noteworthy that Joaquin Almunia, European Commissioner for competition, to the extent the value of the fine that signed the “Microsoft” of 1% of the value of annual sales, and confirmed that UNHCR signed those fine few relatively cooperation American company in the investigations on this matter but it will be a tougher line with any attempts to breach antitrust laws in the future.
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