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Microsoft Under EU Scrutiny Over Browser Choice Screen
2012-07-17 15:23:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Commission has begun an investigation into whether Microsoft failed to follow through with antitrust commitments it made back in 2009. The European Union executive body announced that it would begin probing Microsoft to determine whether it had "fallen short" of its obligation to provide the "browser choice screen (BCS)." The controversy started back in 2009, when the European Commission announced that Microsoft...

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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...

2010-02-18 18:01:00

Investigation Shows That Agreement Not Likely To Reduce Competition WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued the following statement today after announcing the closing of its investigation into the proposed Internet search and paid search advertising agreement between Microsoft Corporation and Yahoo! Inc.: "The Antitrust Division obtained extensive information from Microsoft, Yahoo! and a wide range of market participants....

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2009-05-07 11:11:05

The Financial Times reported that Microsoft Corp's next version of Windows is creating complaints of anticompetitive behavior from rivals that say the new version of the operating system gives unfair advantages to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. "Our initial review suggests this is a blatant use of the Windows operating system to change the market dynamics of browser usage," Mitchell Baker, chairperson of Mozilla, developer of open-source Firefox browser, told the paper. There was not...

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2009-04-29 08:03:19

Microsoft has requested a hearing from EU antitrust regulators in defense of allegations of unjustly treating rivals in the browser market, the European Commission announced Wednesday. The commission released a new way of dealing with the marathon antitrust battle with Microsoft in January, charging that the company is wrongly getting rid of their competition. A commission spokesman stated that Microsoft had officially answered the allegations Tuesday and had asked for the hearing, which...

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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...

2009-04-16 13:57:00

Microsoft Agrees to 18-Month Extension, Subject to Court Approval WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today that it is necessary to extend the term of certain portions of the Microsoft final judgment by at least 18 months. The Department said that an extension is necessary to ensure the quality of the technical documentation Microsoft provides to licensees. The Department's Antitrust Division...

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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...

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2009-02-24 16:10:20

The European Commission may order Microsoft Corp. to provide Windows users a clear and simple choice of Web browsers, and may even require the software giant to allow customers to disable its Internet Explorer system, a commission spokesman said Tuesday. "The Commission would consider ordering Microsoft to give users an objective opportunity to choose which competing web browsers instead of, or in addition to, Internet Explorer they want to install in Windows," said the spokesman. "Microsoft...

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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