Media News - Thursday, October 25, 2012
The European Commission warned Microsoft on Wednesday that it risked an investigation into its new Windows 8 software if the company did not meet commitments on web browser choice. Microsoft had not provided clients a web browser choice on Windows 7 in 2011-12, as agreed, the Commission said, and it had now raised similar concerns over the US giant's next generation Windows 8 due to launch later this week. European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said he had been in contact with Microsoft at the "highest levels" to make the point that they should not repeat the same mistake in the new software package. It was essential that Microsoft give customers a clear and simple web browser choice "if they don't want to take the risk of a new investigation," he told a press conference. If companies "enter into commitments they must do what they committed to do otherwise they must face the consequences," Almunia added. Microsoft will launch Windows 8 and its Surface tablet computer, designed to compete with Apple's popular iPad, in the United States and China on Friday. (AFP via EU Business)
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