Euro regulators focus sights on Windows 8

 

Web browser woes won't go away for Microsoft.

European Union antitrust regulators have opened an investigation into whether Microsoft blocked computer makers from installing rival web browsers on the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, following complaints from several companies.

EU competition watchdog spokesman Antoine Colombani said the investigation would also focus on allegations Microsoft allowed only its own Internet Explorer browser to be installed on devices running the lower-powered ARM version of Windows 8.

Colombani declined to identify the companies which made the allegations. Microsoft made no comment.

Windows 8 is expected to ship in late October.

The allegations flow on from an existing investigation into whether Microsoft failed to abide by a 2009 agreement that would provide consumers a choice of web browsers as part of the operating system setup process.

The company said a "technical error" prevented the option being display in the first service pack to Windows 7, released in February 2011 and affecting an estimated 28 million people in Europe.

Microsoft could be fined as much as ten per cent of its annual turnover, or $US7.4 billion, for not providing consumers the option to chose a different default browser than Internet Explorer.

The EU watchdog is also looking into allegations that Microsoft does not provide access to complete interfaces (APIs) for non-default browsers in Windows 8.


Euro regulators focus sights on Windows 8
Internet Explorer causing further antitrust headaches for Microsoft in the EU.
 
 
 
Top Stories
Time management tips for CIOs
[Blog post] How to get to the genba.
 
Making a case for collaboration
[Blog post] Tap into your company’s people power.
 
Five zero-cost ways to improve MySQL performance
How to easily boost MySQL throughput by up to 5x.
 
 
Internet Explorer causing further antitrust headaches for Microsoft in the EU.
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
This 4G smartphone costs $219
Sep 3, 2014
It's possible to spend a lot less on a smartphone if you're prepared to go with a brand you ...
Looking for storage? Seagate has five new small business NAS devices
Aug 22, 2014
Seagate has announced a new portfolio of Networked Attached Storage (NAS) solutions specifically ...
Run a small business in western Sydney?
Aug 15, 2014
This event might be of interest if you're looking to meet other people with a similar interest ...
Buying a tablet? Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 goes on sale this month
Aug 8, 2014
Microsoft has announced its Surface Pro 3 will go on sale in Australia on 28 August from ...
Apple's top MacBook Pro with Retina is now cheaper
Aug 1, 2014
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro range with faster processors and new pricing, including ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  69%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  3%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  10%
 
Denial of service attacks
  6%
 
Insider threats
  11%
TOTAL VOTES: 1109

Vote