EU regulators to charge Microsoft

2012-10-24 12:24
EU antitrust regulators are to charge Microsoft for breaching a 2009 order to offer a choice of web browsers to consumers. (Steven Senne, AP)

EU antitrust regulators are to charge Microsoft for breaching a 2009 order to offer a choice of web browsers to consumers. (Steven Senne, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Brussels - EU antitrust regulators are to charge Microsoft on Wednesday for breaching a 2009 order to offer a choice of web browsers to consumers, a step to a possible hefty fine in the long-running dispute with the software giant, a source familiar with the matter said.

The world's No 1 software company agreed with the European Commission three years ago to offer browser choices, in a bid to settle an antitrust investigation and avoid a penalty that could have been as much as 10% of its global turnover.

But the EU Commission, which acts as antitrust watchdog in the EU, said in July this year that Microsoft had not complied with the order between February last year and then. The company blamed the lapse on a technical problem.

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia will hold a news conference at about 10:00 GMT to announce his decision.

Microsoft declined to comment as it had not yet seen a statement from the Commission, Microsoft spokesperson Robin Koch said.

The company faces a possible hefty fine as this is the second time that it has failed to comply with an EU decision.

A sanction could top $7.4bn or 10% of its revenues for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2012 - but the final figure is expected to be lower, as the infringement covered only a short period of time.

Microsoft's run-in with EU regulators in the last decade has landed it with fines of more than €1bn.
Read more on:    microsoft  |  internet
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may feel like you are treading water and going nowhere fast. You may want to get off the merry go round. By pushing yourself...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.