M$ promised to offer users choice of browser but they broke their word, 28 million times. No fine is too large, EU Commission. Hammer them!
“Any fines for Microsoft may take into account repeat offenses, Almunia said in July in a reference to the EU’s 2008 penalty for the company’s failure to obey an earlier EU decision. That ruling also ordered it to provide information to software developers to make compatible products. EU antitrust fines are usually capped at 10 percent of yearly revenue.”
Just a glitch? No way. M$ does everything with great deliberation. They leave nothing to chance. I would bet they calculated the likely fine from the EU against the benefits of another few years of lock-in. They need 28 million fines, a banning from the EU. Next time a policeman pulls you over for speeding, try telling him you forgot to pay the previous fine… In some jurisdictions your driving privileges would be suspended. So should M$’s, for a year or two.