The European Commission and Microsoft have been tangled in a long and drawn out legal battle that has now spanned almost 20 years. The EC reacted to accusations that the software giant was using its position as market leader to stifle competition by leveraging a $1.1 billion fine on the company. In a related case it also ruled that Microsoft should include a "browser ballot" with its operating systems. Now, a new dispute appears to be brewing, once again hinging on browser choice in Microsoft's OSes. The Redmond-based company failed to include the required ballot screen with its Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update, and has also drawn criticism for preventing browser choice with its upcoming ARM-based operating system, Windows RT.
A European Commission spokesperson has confirmed that the antitrust division is investigating possible exclusionary practices on Windows RT, including charges that Microsoft is discouraging manufacturers from setting third-party browsers as default.
The EU will be investigating Windows 8 RT and its Metro environment browser restrictions due to complaints from other browser manufacturers.
Microsoft admits to 'technical error' with browser choice screen, offers to extend compliance period
Microsoft says it has taken immediate steps to rectify an issue with its browser choice screen for Windows 7 SP1 users after the European Commission revealed it's investigating the company's failure to comply.
The European Commission says it will investigate whether Microsoft has failed to comply with its browser choice commitments.
The European Union has rejected an appeal by Microsoft, instructing the company to pay a reduced fine for an antitrust decision from 2004.
The European Commission this week announced that it will be keeping a close eye on Microsoft's Windows RT operating system, in response to Mozilla's complaint that the forthcoming platform excludes third-party browsers.