The European Commission (EU) has once again taken aim at Microsoft. The company has been accused of harming competition due to its bundling of the Explorer browser with its Windows operating system.
The EU made the following statement on Friday morning: "Microsoft's tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice."'
Microsoft has responded by saying that it is studying the EU's preliminary finding. The company has eight weeks in which to make a formal reply, and has the option of requesting that the matter be dealt with at a formal hearing.
In February 2008, Microsoft was fined 899m euros for defying sanctions imposed by the EU. The fine was one of the largest ever ordered by the EU and was imposed after the software giant did not comply with a 2004 ruling that it had abused its position in the marketplace.