The European Commission has imposed an unprecedented €561 million ($730 million) fine on Microsoft, finding it broke its pledge to offer consumers a choice of how they access the Internet, rather than defaulting to Microsoft’s Explorer browser. This is the first time a company has been fined for failing to comply with a so-called "commitment decision," that is, a decision whereby the Commission closes antitrust investigations without finding an infringement but in exchange for commitments. This groundbreaking fine, reflecting what the EC determined to be a grave and longstanding violation, sends a stern warning to companies of the consequences of broken commitments. As stated by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, "I hope this decision will make companies think twice before
The EU Commission fines one company €561 million for breach of commitments (Microsoft)
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