[h=1]Microsoft Fined $731 Million by EU for Violating Browser Accord[/h] By Aoife White - 2013-03-06T11:25:00Z Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was fined 561 million euros ($731 million) by European Union regulators for violating the terms of a settlement to give users a choice of web browsers aside from its Internet Explorer. Todayâ€™s fine -- about 1 percent of the companyâ€™s 2012 revenues -- brings to 2.24 billion euros the penalties faced by Microsoft in its EU antitrust clashes over the past decade, including an 899 million-euro fine for failing to obey an order to share data with competitors. â€œA failure to comply is a very serious infringement that must be sanctioned accordingly,â€ EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in an e-mailed statement today. The worldâ€™s largest software maker agreed in 2009 to offer access to rival browsers as a part of a settlement to repair its relationship with the blocâ€™s regulators. The company said last July it only learned that month that it didnâ€™t offer its browser choice software to some 28 million computers running Windows 7 Service Pack 1, or 10 percent of the computers that should have received it. Under the terms of Microsoftâ€™s 2009 pledge, consumers who bought personal computers were given a choice of the 12 most widely used browsers to install in addition to, or instead of, Microsoftâ€™s Internet Explorer. The Redmond, Washington-based company told regulators in December 2011 that it was complying with its commitment to display a browser-choice screen to users of its Windows operating system. ____________________________________________ Is there any computer user out there that actually has no idea that you can use a browser other then IE, let alone the few seconds it takes to get a hold of and install a new one?