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EU opens antitrust investigation of Microsoft
EU begins investigation of Microsoft for failing to offer choice of browsers, as promised
By The Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) The European Union's executive body, the Commission, is to open an investigation into whether Microsoft has kept the anti-trust commitments it made in 2009, warning that penalties for non-compliance could be severe.

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia says the indications are that Microsoft has failed to provide customers with a screen from which they could chose different internet browsers instead of seeing only Microsoft's product, Internet Explorer.

Almunia says it appears that the choice screen, promised by Microsoft as the result of a previous anti-trust case, has not been provided since February 2011, meaning 28 million customers may not have seen it.

He said Tuesday that Microsoft does not appear to be contesting the facts.

Almunia said, "If infringements are confirmed, there will be sanctions."

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