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[url="http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/7/4074390/google-opera-tipped-eu-on-microsoft-antitrust-browser-ballot-mistake?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WinRumors+%28WinRumors%29&utm_content=Google+Reader"]Source[/url]
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A [url="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e748bfc8-8682-11e2-b907-00144feabdc0.html"]report from the[i] Financial Times[/i] claims[/url] that Google and Opera "informally provided the tip-off" that led to the [url="http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/6/4069126/eu-fines-microsoft-for-windows-7-sp1-browser-ballot"]EU fining Microsoft over $730 million[/url] yesterday. The fine was levied because Microsoft failed to include a "browser ballot" screen that let European users choose what browser to use when setting up their Windows PC. The [i]Financial Times[/i] cites "several people familiar with the case" as confirming that Microsoft's browser-making rivals were behind the tip, and claims that both companies also helped the EU throughout the investigation.
Although uncorroborated, this revelation makes sense: both Google and Opera benefited heavily from the inclusion of the browser ballot, and Opera has been a vocal opponent against Microsoft's tight integration of Internet Explorer with Windows for a long time. When asked for comment, Opera told the [i]Financial Times [/i] it was "happy to see that the Commission is enforcing compliance with the commitment, which is critical to ensuring a genuine choice among web browsers for consumers." Google was also asked for comment, but declined.
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should I be surprised?

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