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Microsoft ignored tip that it botched browser choice in Windows 7 SP1
Authored by: Wol on Wednesday, July 18 2012 @ 03:39 PM EDT
Let's put it this way, as PolR pointed out in the previous thread.

MS have a LEGAL OBLIGATION to ship this software. There is a court order telling
them that they must. They were telling the court that they were doing exactly
that.

Now, it turns out, for fifteen months they were telling porkies. Courts tend to
take a very dim view of that. And MS has already come off worst in previous
battles with the EU.

They simply cannot *afford* to upset the court. In both reputation and money.
Look at the figures being bandied about - the maximum fine available to the
court is of the order of EIGHT BILLION EUROS. Most definitely NOT chicken feed.
Okay, the largest fine to date is E1.3Bn, but MS has gone beyond what triggered
that fine ... they *might* get away with a suspended sentence for this blunder
but any fine is likely to set a new record.

Look at it this way. If you've spent the last year and more telling the Judge
you've been a good boy, and it suddenly comes to light that you *haven't* been a
good boy, what do you expect is going to happen? Even if it is a genuine
mistake? Now add to that that Microsoft has form for "accidentally on
purpose" ...

I'd say MS could very easily be on the hook for E1.5Bn, maybe even E2Bn.

Cheers,
Wol

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Putting Europe in its place
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, July 18 2012 @ 04:55 PM EDT
The thread hasn't vanished yet, and MS seem to know something about it:
Carey Frisch replied on July 18, 2012
MVP Community Moderator  Community Star
Is the computer in question physically located in Europe (in a region known as
the European Economic Area) and is Internet Explorer set as the default browser?
So, is the BCS phoning home to geolocate the machine and determine if it's allowed to have the choice?
"Unfortunately, the engineering team responsible for maintenance of this code did not realize that it needed to update the detection logic for the BCS [browser choice screen] software when Windows 7 SP1 was released last year," the company said in a statement Tuesday.
There you go, it's only the Europeans who will be punished by having to choose their browser, the rest of the world can keep the one click IE install.

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