Microsoft hit with huge EU fine

EU competition regulators have fined Microsoft €561m (£484m) for breaking a promise to offer European consumers a choice of web browser.

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Internet Explorer market share halved since 2008

Internet Explorer (IE)'s market share is seen in blue. Credit: StatCounter

Microsoft has been fined £484m by EU regulators for breaking a promise to offer European consumers a choice of web browser.

A web browser is a computer programme that allows a user to read internet pages.

Microsoft's share of the European browser market has more than halved since 2008 to 24%.

Google's Chrome has a 35% share, followed by Mozilla's Firefox with 29%, according to Web traffic analysis company StatCounter.

Internet Explorer is currently in third place, ahead of Apple's Safari.

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