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The EU calls for Microsoft to remove security features from Vista

It looks as though Microsoft and European regulators are butting heads once again. The European Union is asking Microsoft to remove new security features, including its improved built-in firewall, that have been added to Vista. Microsoft is urging the European to back off and has threatened to delay Vista’s European launch as a result of the latest calls for feature reductions. The new features, which make Vista a more stable and secure platform that its Windows XP predecessor, are seen as a stifling competition. "Less diversity and innovation would ultimately harm consumers through reduced choice and higher security risks," said Jonathon Todd, an EU competition spokesman.

Microsoft's Associate General Counsel, Erich Andersen, is trying to help the software giant walk the line balancing security with abiding by the law. "We are concerned that [regulators] might require the removal of some of the security features we've demonstrated. We want to launch Windows Vista in a fully lawful manner and we want to avoid regulatory decisions that could increase security risks for European consumers. One of principal concerns is that European concerns have access to the same new security features in Windows Vista as everyone else."

Making Windows more secure was a pivotal design point for Windows Vista. The Windows XP operating system has been the target of numerous attacks in the past five years and Microsoft saw fit to make its consumer operating system less of a target. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the European Union wants the company to leave those duties to 3rd party software developers.

Microsoft was fined $634 million USD in 2004 by the European Union for monopolistic practices and was fined another $357 million USD this past July for not complying with antitrust rulings.



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RE: Time for MS to pull out of europe
By probedb on 9/12/2006 2:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
As someone in the UK I'm really p****d at the EU. You guys don't know half of the crap the EU pull over here....there are reasons why half the people I know want to leave the UK.


RE: Time for MS to pull out of europe
By Madellga on 9/12/2006 3:05:07 PM , Rating: 2
High taxes? Bad weather? Very Expensive Housing costs? Crime on the rise?

Please tell me how EU is responsible for that....


RE: Time for MS to pull out of europe
By caboosemoose on 9/12/2006 4:35:12 PM , Rating: 3
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High taxes? Bad weather? Very Expensive Housing costs? Crime on the rise?


Well, the EU certainly consumes a vast amount of tax revenue. The common agricultural policy alone chews up billions upon billions to keep French farmers living in comfort.

And crime is not a huge issue in most developed European (it's far worse in the US, largely because of the silly, bigotted war on drugs).

But I agree, the EU are way off with this latest move on M$. Microsoft do plenty of nasty anti-competitive things, but making Vista more secure isn't one of them. What really galls me is that now M$ will legitimately be able to say "the EU have it wrong and are simply persecuting us."


RE: Time for MS to pull out of europe
By FNG on 9/13/2006 1:05:16 PM , Rating: 2
You mean "violent crime"... Theft, organized crime (sometimes violent), etc... is right on par if not greater in some cases. Not that I am bragging or anything about the "violent" part, but it is an important distinction to make.


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