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Microsoft fined $731M in EU for forcing people to use Internet Explorer | VentureBeat

The game has to remain fair for everyone.

The EU said Microsoft failed to live up to a commitment it made in 2009 to give European consumers a choice in what browser they wanted to use. Microsoft eventually developed a “browser choice screen” so people could choose between using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Opera. But a “technical error” on Microsoft’s part prevented that screen from being part of Windows 7′s Service Pack 1 and therefore users were still defaulted to Internet Explorer.

And here is EU’s original letter.

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Internet Explorer 7 Users are being taxed!

This is fantastic!

An Australian retailer( is starting to charge extra to their users for using and out-dated version of Internet Explorer (via BBC).

Customers who use IE7 will have to pay an extra surcharge on online purchases made through the firm’s site.

Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in “rendering the website into a antique browser”.
This makes absolute sense when you consider, how much extra effort goes into maintaining a website to support that browser.
Mr Kogan said that even though only 3% of his customers used the old version of the browser, his IT team had become pre-occupied with making adaptations to make pages display properly on IE 7.

Finally, there are bold approaches to eliminate the use of antic browsers.