Microsoft had been on EU’s radar for quite some time now as it is investigation whether or not Redmond based operating system giant has been blocking computer makers from installed third party web browsers on the yet unreleased Windows 8 OS.

Almunia, who is in charge of antitrust enforcement at the EU, said that the matter with Microsoft is a “very, very serious issue.”

At an economic conference in Italy, Almunia said, “In my personal talks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer he has given me assurances that they will comply immediately regardless of the conclusion of the antitrust probe.”

About three years ago, Microsoft had agreed to providing users a choice of rival browser, which it hasn’t until now. Following this failure, an investigation was started from July 1. As it stands, EU watchdog is investigating allegations that the Windows 8 maker knowingly doesn’t provide access to complete interfaces (APIs) for non-default browsers in Windows 8.


[Source: Reuters]