When Microsoft got fined $732 million by the European Commission on Wednesday for reneging on an agreement to give Windows users a clearer choice of browser, an interesting question in the back of many people’s minds was how on earth no-one noticed the browser choice screen’s omission for more than a year.
After all, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 came out in February 2011 and it was only in mid-2012 that the Commission woke up and realized the fact that it was missing the screen in question. Microsoft(s msft) claimed it was itself unaware of the omission until the Commission brought it up.
Well, we’re still fuzzy on how both Microsoft and the Commission stayed oblivious for so long, but we do now have a better idea of how the company got busted: according to anonymous sources quoted in a Financial Times piece (registration required) that went up a few…
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