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Microsoft under fire for harming browser competition

Microsoft under fire for harming browser competition

THE EUROPEAN Commission has brought action against Microsoft for undermining product innovation and reducing consumer choice by attaching Internet Explorer to the Windows operating…

THE EUROPEAN Commission has brought action against Microsoft for undermining product innovation and reducing consumer choice by attaching Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system.

Microsoft's actions mean that Internet Explorer is available on 90 per cent of the world's personal computers.

Concerns were expressed by the EC that Internet Explorer is shielded from head-to-head competition with other browsers.

The commission also said that it created artificial incentives for content and software to be developed to suit the program.

Microsoft has eight weeks to respond to the action.

- Sarah Sharples

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