Exclusive: EU likely to fine Microsoft by April – sources

BRUSSELS |
Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:32pm EST

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU competition regulators plan to fine Microsoft before the end of March in a case tied to the U.S. software giant’s antitrust battle in Europe more than a decade ago, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The European Commission had accused Microsoft in October last year of breaking a promise to offer European consumers a choice of rival browsers in the previous version of its Windows operating system.

The company made the pledge in 2009 to settle an EU antitrust investigation and stave off a penalty that could have been as much as 10 percent of global revenues.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Adrian Croft)