The European Commission will continue its investigation on Microsoft’s failure to provide users on the Old Continent with a web browser choice screen, but it seems like the competition commissioner is ready to issue a new fine.
Although Microsoft has already apologized for the mistake, Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in an interview that some progress has been made, so further action may be needed. Including a fine, that is.
“It is easier to make progress in our investigation if a company which has broken competition rules recognizes the fact,” Almunia said
according to The Economic Times. “The fault is there, it has been there for more than a year and it is clear that we need to react.”
Microsoft received a $1.2 billion / €900 million in 2008 after the company refused to provide Windows information to other software developers who needed it to make their apps compatible with Microsoft’s OS.