Microsoft Fined $732 Million Over Browser Choice Lawsuit
The EU has fined Microsoft $732 million after it was deemed Microsoft failed to complete a 2009 settlement that required it to offer users a choice of web browsers. The lawsuit was originally filed by Opera Software, the company that develops the Opera web browser that accused Microsoft of forcing users to use Internet Explorer when Windows was installed. Opera Software went on to win this lawsuit, and eventually formed a settlement with Microsoft in late 2009.
Microsoft agreed to show users a screen showing four of the most popular Internet Explorer alternatives, in order to allow users to choose the browser they wanted. Microsoft did not, however, live up to this claim, as users of Windows 7 SP1 would not see this message between May 2011 and July 2012. For this reason, EU antitrust officials have fined Microsoft for breaching the terms of the settlement.