EU Fines Microsoft $732 Million

Microsoft Corp. has been hit with a €561 million ($732.2 million) fine by European Union regulators after it broke its promise to offer millions of users of its Windows system a choice of rival Web browsers.

The European Commission said it was imposing the fine after the U.S. software giant became the first company to break a voluntary agreement with regulators, which would have allowed 15 million consumers to pick alternatives to its Internet Explorer browser.

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