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Microsoft broke antitrust deal, EU officials say

Company faults a technical error, may face big fine

BRUSSELS — European regulators Wednesday charged Microsoft with an antitrust violation for failing to live up to a prior agreement to give users of its Windows software better access to rival Internet browsers.

The decision by Joaquin Almunia, the EU antitrust commissioner, opens the way for Microsoft to face a potentially substantial fine for defying the terms of the antitrust settlement, reached in 2009.

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