The European Commission (EC) fined Microsoft for failing to comply with commitments made in 2009 to give users of its software an easy web browser choice.

Microsoft settled an abuse of dominance probe four years ago by offering to allow users to decide which web browser to use through a choice screen in its Windows operating system. The measure was aimed to prevent the tying of Windows and Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser, which at the time had a 55 per cent market share.

The EC found that Microsoft had failed to introduce the choice screen in one version of Windows 7 between May 2011 and July 2012. The condition was binding for five years – until 2014 – but more than 15 million users did not have the opportunity to choose a browser through the screen.