EU warns Microsoft over new Windows 8 browser option
BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - European Union (EU) antitrust regulators have told Microsoft not to repeat the mistake of denying consumers a choice of rival Web browsers in its new Windows 8 operating system, in a dispute that has already cost the software giant more than a billion euros (S$1.6 billion) in fines.
EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Wednesday he had spelt out his concerns to Microsoft about Windows 8, its new flagship software product which is set for release on Friday.
"I have precisely transmitted... my concerns, what kind of presentation should be avoided if they don't want to take the risk of a new investigation," Mr Almunia told a news briefing.
The company said it had taken heed of the warning, indicating its desire to draw a line under its decade-long battle with the European Commission (EC).