Microsoft to face potential fines of $7bn over EU commitment

According to a legal expert  the EU Commission is 'unlikely to have much sympathy' with Microsoft over tying IE into their Windows operating system

 

According to a legal expert, Microsoft could potentially be facing fines of up to $7bn if a European Commission finds that the company has been unfairly tying its Internet Explorer program with Windows.

Alan Davies the Senior Competition Partner at legal firm Pinsent Masons had this to say about the commitment that Microsoft has apparently broken which would make sure Internet Explorer didn't have an unfair advantage over other programs such as Firefox.

"Given the strength of Microsoft’s dominant position in the PC operating software market at the time, this was a critical remedy to deal with the serious competition concern about Microsoft tying its Internet Explorer web browser product to its PC operating software."

"This is the first time that a commitment has been broken by a company in this position."

The company is under investigation by a European Commission which will be looking at the extent to which Microsoft has broken the commitment and what form of action can be taken.

In the current climate Davies is unconvinced that Microsoft will be able to escape ramifications considering its strong market share.

"Given the resources available to Microsoft to monitor its compliance with the commitment, the Commission is unlikely to have much sympathy for their arguments that this was a mistake or a technical glitch."

"Microsoft will have an uphill battle to persuade the Commission that fines shouldn’t be imposed as the Commission will also want to send out a deterrence message to other companies about how seriously they take compliance with commitments."

Best laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch
Laptops

We reveal our pick of the best laptops available in 2012

Comments

Be the first to comment…

Back to top
Close
T3 Newsletter
Sign up to recieve the T3 newsletters by entering your details below

Your Details

As you're registering with us. we'd like to think that you'd enjoy receiving the following emails; if you'd rather not receive them, please untick the boxes:

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and it's group companies containing news, special offers and product information
I agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and confirm that I am over 16 years of age *
Close
Log in or Join

By clicking below you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy

Log in to T3.com with your preferred social network

Log in with your T3.com account

CloseJoinPlease complete these additional details

Join T3.com with your preferred social network

OR

Join T3.com

Please tick this box to confirm you are 16 years old or over

Just so we know you're human

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Close Edit your profile

Change your password

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Social networks

You have authorised these social networks to interact with your T3.com account.

Please ensure you deactivate or revoke access to this website from within your social networks settings to ensure all permissions are removed.

Close Forgotten your password

Forgotten your password?

Please enter the email address that you used to sign up and we'll send you a new password

Close
Forgotten password
Don't have a T3 Account? Join now