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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Microsoft Will Face Fine from European Commission

Microsoft Will Face Fine from European Commission

Microsoft Will Face Fine from European Commission

Added: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The software giant is likely to face antitrust fines as the EC looks to clamp down on monopoly in the tech industry. The company recently admitted the breach of the terms in its antitrust commitment signed 3 years ago which saw all Windows OS get an alternative to IE. The agreement in question was made after investigations by the European Commission in the late 90s.

The developers cited a technical glitch for allowing Windows 7 systems to reach users without the browser choice screen which provided options for the likes of Google’s Chrome and Firefox, aside from the Microsoft’s own IE. Now the European Commission is likely to come down strongly on the company regardless of whether the technical glitch is at fault or not.

Industry experts think that the European Commission will be unsympathetic, wondering why such a huge company with infinite resources failed to monitor the data more carefully. Indeed, the main question is why the company didn’t make sure there weren’t any technical glitches, at the first place.

The EC might be suspicious of whether or not the company is telling the truth, putting officials under pressure to explain exactly what they have done to monitor the situation. Since the European Commission has been hot on the heels of the software giant for over a decade, finding a convincing argument might be an uphill struggle for Microsoft, especially as it made commitments in 2009 that got it out of having to face any financial punishments.

Microsoft will more likely face a fine, as the EC is able to hit companies for up to 10% of their turnover – that’s a significant amount for Microsoft. Despite the fact that the Commission has never implemented such a punishment to the full effect of its powers, it may take into consideration the seriousness of the case. In the past, the software giant has been fined for hundreds of millions of euros, so the fines can really be huge.

In response, Microsoft has offered to extend the conditions of its commitment by 15 months in order to placate the Commission, but the EC is expected to seek to send out a strong message to other companies.

The European Commission has repeatedly said that it’s interested in the tech sector and is going to scrutinize dominance issues. For instance, they are gunning for Google right now, and although these cases are different, they are both about the dominance of the giants in the sector.


By:
SaM
July 25th,2012

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, July 25th, 2012



Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Blocked (2012-07-26 07:25:39)
No avatarthe only reason the European Commission is giving the fine is to help greece span all the those contry in the euro cold hard fact a way to bully in alot of billion

2
posted by (2012-07-26 09:39:37)
giraffe avatarThanks for the article Sam.
@ taker, thank you for giving me a good laugh.

3
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-26 13:56:15)
Embolism avatarJust another of the long list of legal battles with the European Commission going way back to the absurd 2m fine they gave bill Gates for trying to monopolise the Internet after he had already made 40m,not really a major deterrent since he still made 38m,since those early days he has tried to copy and copyright everything he can in order to corner the computer market and even today he is using open source program ideas from Linux to put into his latest operating systems.

4
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-26 14:00:41)
Embolism avatarCheck out the forum on software tips and tricks,under windows 8,Bill may have collaborated with Suse (Novello) for some years but he would`ve been better served working with Red Hat and Fedora.

5
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-26 14:06:10)
Embolism avatarFor some years now the French Goverment and schools has used Linux over windows O/s because of free licence and NO inbuilt spy-ware/malware as the commission found the last time in Explorer,only complete retards would pay to be spied on via reverse browsing.Since that time M/soft has removed or renamed said 2 lots of spyware,now there are 8. (:^D)

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posted by (2012-07-26 17:02:41)
No avataryes I completely agree with Embolism. micros**t has always ether stolen or added crap from other OS's and taken the credit for it or screamed copyright on some other software writer for stealing from him. witch is y I will NEVER buy his OS. hell Ive even considered switching to mac os.

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posted by Blocked (2012-07-29 15:50:57)
stanley avatarTruth is Microsoft probably figures it is less expensive to pay a fine if it got caught than to have to spend all the money needed to find the glitch and patch it in time for its planned release date. I havent purchased a microsoft product since my computer came packaged with windows 95 almost 20 years ago.....and I have the most current and expensive products on my PC and Laptop. FUKKKK Bill Gates and Microsoft and the European Commission



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