Microsoft has been embroiled in antitrust cases for quite some time already, and the software giant also agreed that they have failed to comply with an European agreement made in 2009, where they pledged to offer alternatives to Internet Explorer which has been, until now, easily available in all versions of Windows. According to the European Union’s competition watchdog, they launched a probe that looked into Microsoft’s failure to comply with the agreement, where apparently it does not seem to be any easier for users to use alternative browsers apart from Internet Explorer on Windows powered desktops and notebooks.
Microsoft was supposed to include a pre-agreed “Browser Choice Screen” (BCS) in Windows, where you can then choose a default browser the first time around your computer is booted, but the Commission is not too happy with the results so far, touting that Microsoft failed in their mission to implement the BCS in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 that rolled out in February last year across Europe, although Microsoft claims otherwise. Is a $7.4 billion antitrust fine on the horizon? Perhaps, perhaps not – only time will tell.Related articles: