Extracts from the press conference by Joaquín Almunia on objections on non-compliance with browser choice commitments to Microsoft

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-075052   Duration: 10:01:58  Lieu:
End production: 24/10/2012   First transmission: 24/10/2012
On 24 October 2012, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Competition, gave a press conference on objections on non-compliance with browser choice commitments to Microsoft, in Brussels. The European Commission has informed Microsoft of its preliminary view that Microsoft has failed to comply with its commitments to offer users a choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser. In 2009, the Commission had made these commitments legally binding on Microsoft.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Competition, at the press conference 00:00:05
10:00:10 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:00:14 Soundbite by Joaquín Almunia (in ENGLISH): Following the opening of proceedings last July, I have sent today a Statement of Objections to Microsoft. As you know, we reached some serious concerns in July, this is the reason why we opened the investigations and now, we have reached the preliminary conclusion that Microsoft has breached its commitments to provide Windows users with a choice screen between internet browsers. 00:00:33
10:00:48 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:00:52 Soundbite by Joaquín Almunia (in ENGLISH): However, when Microsoft launched Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in February 2011, the choice screen was no longer displayed. Microsoft has acknowledged this. This means that those users have not seen the choice screen in the period from February 2011 to July 2012. We have a basic principle in our competition rules: if companies enter into commitments, they must do what they have committed to do or face the consequences. 00:00:34
10:01:27 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:01:32 Soundbite by Joaquín Almunia (in ENGLISH): Before the Commission takes any final decision, I will of course listen to what Microsoft has to say. The rights of defence will be fully respected. So I will not prejudge our final decision today. According to our procedures, Microsoft now has 4 weeks to respond to the Statement of Objections and it can request an Oral Hearing. 00:00:26
10:01:58 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
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