AMSTERDAM - The European Union has fined Microsoft Corp. $733 million for breaking a pledge to offer personal-computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the Windows operating system.
The 561 million euro penalty imposed by the European Commission is a first. No company had ever failed before to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities.
In 2009, Microsoft struck a broad settlement with the commission to resolve disputes over the dominance of Windows that had spanned more than a decade.
The company agreed to pay 860 million euros and promised to give Windows users the option of choosing another browser rather than having Microsoft's Internet Explorer automatically installed.