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
First look: Microsoft Outlook for iOS
[Update] Office productivity suite for iOS completed with Outlook.
 
NewSat defaults on $26m in overdue Lockheed payments
Jabiru-1 satellite build hits further hurdles.
 
IBM denies plans to cut 112k jobs
But admits to further restructuring.
 
 
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
Microsoft Outlook is now on iPhone and iPad: why could this be useful?
Jan 30, 2015
Microsoft today released Office for Android and Outlook for iOS - complementing the other Office ...
Franchisees, here's something you should know about
Jan 23, 2015
You need to know the Code if you are a franchisee or franchisor as the penalties are significant.
Xero users rejoice! Quoting has finally arrived
Jan 23, 2015
It has taken years, but Xero has at last added integrated quoting to its online accounting software.
You can now get a no-contract wi-fi tablet from Telstra
Jan 17, 2015
Telstra has began selling wi-fi tablets out of contract without paying extra for cellular ...
Get your business ready for 2015: mobile payments
Jan 2, 2015
These handy apps from MYOB, Xero and others can reduce your administrative load and improve ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  36%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  9%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  14%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 3078

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 980

Vote