Microsoft has taken “full responsibility for the technical error” that did not allow Windows 7 users to choose browser , why Brussels has imposed a fine of 561 million euros to the company , and has said it has taken steps so it does not happen again. “We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and we have apologized for it,” the company said in a brief statement issued in response to the decision of the European Commission.
U.S. company notes that the EC has provided an assessment “full and frank” of the situation , and says it has taken steps to strengthen its development software and other processes to help make this error, or one similar, is not repeated in the future.
The European Commission on Wednesday imposed a new fine of 561 million euros to the U.S. software giant for having breached its commitment to include in its Windows operating system an option screen that allows users to install other alternative browsers to Internet Explorer .
A total of 15 million customers of Microsoft were deprived of a choice in the version search Windows 7 Service Pack 1 between May 2011 and July 2012, according to Brussels.
This is the fourth financial penalty imposed on Microsoft Brussels since 2004 and equal to 1% of its turnover. The total amount paid by the Redmond company now exceeds 2,200 million euros. It is the first time the EU executive fined a company for breaking its commitments to correct an abuse of dominant position.