Browser problems cost Microsoft

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The European Union has fined Microsoft 561 million euros.

The EU’s competition regulators said that was because it had broken a promise to offer all European consumers a choice of web browsers in its operating system rather than automatically defaulting to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

The US software maker blamed a technical error for the problem.

The fine will act as a warning to other technology firms – such as Google – that are involved in competition disputes with the EU.