EC Won’t Let Microsoft Off the Hook for Botching Browser Ballot

“If companies enter into commitments, they must do what they have committed to do or face the consequences.”
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Microsoft’s Promise Doesn’t Derail Second EU Browser Complaint

Evidently Microsoft’s pledge to recomply with the 2009 European Union antitrust sanctions wasn’t enough to get it out of hot water with EU regulators. Bloomberg reports that the European Commission is preparing a formal complaint alleging Microsoft violated an agreement requiring it to present Windows users with a ballot screen offering them an opportunity to swap out Internet Explorer for one of 11 other browsers. Microrosoft declined to offer comment beyond the one it issued earlier.

EU on Microsoft Browser Ballot Bungle: There Could Be Severe Consequences

“[We will] use all legal instruments with all the capacity to deter and to punish.”
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Internet Explorer on the Upswing

Could IE’s slump finally be over?
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Steve Jobs Through the Years: Highlights and Clips From the D Conference

Since the inception of the D: All Things Digital conference in 2003, Steve Jobs was a frequent guest onstage, and his appearances make for some of our most popular videos. Here are some favorites.
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Opera Mini Returns to GetJar, With App Store Removed

GetJar is once again offering the Opera Mini browser, albeit with one big modification. GetJar pulled Opera’s browsers last month after Opera began offering a rival app store from within its mobile browsers. Now Opera is back on GetJar’s virtual shelves, but without the app store.

With Appia Deal, Browser Maker Opera Hops on App Store Train

The Norwegian browser maker is the latest company hoping to strike app store gold; it announced Monday it has signed a three-year deal with Appia, which will power an App Store that Opera will deliver directly to phones via its Opera Mobile and Opera Mini browsers.

D@CES Highlights Video: Microsoft IE's Dean Hachamovitch

Our next highlights video from our D@CES event last week is of Microsoft Internet Explorer chief Dean Hachamovitch. Here’s Walt Mossberg’s interview with him, during which they focused a lot on privacy issues on the browser and the Web.

Microsoft's Browser Boss Dean Hachamovitch Touts Privacy Features at D@CES

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser is still the world’s most popular, but its dominance is being steadily eroded by competition from Mozilla, Google and Apple. Can a new, aggressive approach to privacy change that?
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D@CES Today: Twitter, Nvidia, Microsoft in the Vegas Spotlight!

First things first, for those emailing me frantically about getting into our D@CES onstage interview event later today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: We’re sold out and have a very long wait list. That said, people in Sin City tend to flake out, so if you show up at the Marcello Ballroom at the Venetian at 3 pm, you might snag a seat to see us grill some tech execs well done with a side of news.

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Microsoft on Flash: What Steve Said

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