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Report: EU set to fine Microsoft over bungled browser update

Report: EU set to fine Microsoft over bungled browser updateApparently it’s going to take greater than trimming Steve Ballmer’s bonus for Microsoft to make issues proper with European antitrust regulators.

Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reports that EU officers are getting ready to fine Microsoft this month for falling wanting its obligations underneath its 2009 antitrust settlement. Regulators have been investigating the corporate over its failure to embody a required “poll” in Home windows 7 for the higher a part of a yr — a mandate designed to stage the enjoying discipline between Microsoft’s Web Explorer and competing browser.

EU regulators can impose fines of up to 10 p.c of annual income, or greater than $7 billion based mostly on Microsoft’s fiscal 2012 outcomes.

Microsoft has acknowledged that it made a mistake. The corporate distributed an update with the browser poll, retained exterior counsel to examine the scenario, and provided to prolong the size of the settlement with the fee for 15 months past the unique plan.

The screwup was one of many causes cited by Microsoft’s board when it gave Steve Ballmer and then-Home windows chief Steven Sinofsky bonuses that had been less than their targets for last year.

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