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Microsoft Fined $732 Million For Antitrust Violations In Europe
2013-03-06 13:09:44

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Tech giant Microsoft has been handed, and apparently accepted, a giant-sized fine by the European Union (EU) for failing to offer users a choice of browsers on its Windows operating system (OS), breaking a legally binding commitment that had been in place since 2009. As a result the European Commission has fined Microsoft $732 million US. The announcement was made Wednesday by Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission´s top...

EU Court Upholds Microsoft Fine
2012-06-28 08:28:42

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online On Wednesday the General Court of the European Union rejected Microsoft´s appeal of a 2008 European Commission antitrust ruling, but reduced the fine by 39 million euros to just 860 million euros — or $1.1 billion dollars. The fine was based on a daily rate for the 488 days that Microsoft failed to hand over interoperability information, and the software giant is reportedly the only such company to be fined (to date)...

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2011-05-13 06:20:00

In 1998, the powerhouse known as Microsoft was accused of breaking antitrust law by the US Justice Department. Fast forward 13 years later, and the expiration of the antitrust settlement against the software company passed with little notice on Thursday. In the 13 years since, Apple has gone from having just a small slice of the PC market to dominating the mobile media market. And Google, barely in existence in 1998, is now the top Internet search and online advertising business in the...

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2011-01-28 06:30:00

Microsoft Corporation said on Thursday that its net income for the latest quarter dropped slightly from a year ago, but still beat Wall Street's expectations despite the weakening personal computer market. The Associated Press reports that sales of Microsoft'ss Office 2010 software to consumers and businesses kept the results up, as did the popularity of its new Kinect motion-sensing video game software for the Xbox 360. Microsoft's net income for the October-December quarter was $6.63...

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2009-12-16 12:15:00

European Union regulators ended a decade-long anti-trust dispute with computer giant Microsoft after reaching a deal that would open up new PCs to rival Internet browsers. Brussels announced the new binding agreement that will allow computer users in Europe who buy new hardware based on Microsoft's Windows operating system to choose which browser they want to install on their PC. Starting in mid-March, the five-year deal will end years of massive fines backed by an EU court. A similar...

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2009-05-30 09:00:00

European Union regulators are negotiating with Microsoft Corp. to force it to include Internet browser choices in its Windows operating system, sources say. The long-running battle between EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes and the U.S. software giant has reached a new stage as efforts to make Microsoft unbundle its Internet Explorer Web browser from Windows have been superceded by a push to instead make it include an array of browser choices to be picked by the user on a ballot screen,...

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2009-04-17 12:45:17

Court papers filed on Thursday showed that Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department would extend some portions of federal antitrust oversight by 18 months, The Associated Press reported. In 2002, the federal government and 17 states required Microsoft to settle an antitrust battle over the software maker's use of its Windows monopoly"”terms that were initially to expire in November 2007. However, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted a two-year extension covering...

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2009-03-08 07:30:00

Microsoft Corp. has announced the next version of its Windows operating system will include a control panel that allows users to turn off Internet Explorer (IE) 8 and other key Microsoft programs. The new feature is a significant move for the world's largest software company, which has been accused by rivals and regulators of forcing consumers to use its software and stifling competition. Indeed, the announcement comes less than two months after the European Commission sent Microsoft a...

2009-01-19 14:27:22

Tying Internet Explorer to Microsoft's Windows operating platform gives the program an unfair advantage in the marketplace, the European Commission found. In a preliminary ruling, the commission said tying the two products together makes Internet Explorer available on 90 percent of the world's personal computers, Zdnet reported Monday. Internet Explorer is so prevalent it creates an incentive for Web site designers and software developers to create products compatible with it, further...

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2009-01-17 08:45:00

The European Commission said Friday that Microsoft Corp. was stifling competition by combining its Internet Explorer Web browser with Windows.The accusations open a new front on the contentious, costly and long-standing battle between the European Union's executive arm and the No.1 software maker. The Commission said it had reached a preliminary opinion that Microsoft had prevented rival browsers from competing, and had violated EU rules on the abuse of dominant market position.The Commission...


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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
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