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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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Flame bait.
By Meaker10 on 9/12/2006 2:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
This is a flame bait news post :/

1. Which security features are being looked at?
2. What about them makes them unfair?

All of you guys have failed to ask the question if Microsoft really is guilty (lets face it they are hardly angels) for all you know this "security" could mean that only microsoft could write for certain parts of vista where other companies make their livlihood (and no not the hackers).




RE: Flame bait.
By PAPutzback on 9/12/2006 3:42:04 PM , Rating: 2
They locked down the Kernel for one thing. This used to be how the security software developers got in to look for virus and hadnle networking. And which also allowed hackers to get in. Now Symantec and the other developers need to work again to find out how to protect the system and are just freaking lazy. All they have been doing since Nt is putting updates out. I'd love an OS that was secure enough that I didn't need antivirus, spyware detection and alternate firewalls. I don't think it make MS a monopoly, I think it is what should be expected out of the box from an OS.


RE: Flame bait.
By mforce on 9/12/2006 7:02:30 PM , Rating: 2
Well then try Linux . I've never had any problems with it myself and I don't have an antivirus or firewall . Despite not havinf any security software I feel quite safe . I might be wrong , I admit but it hasn't let me down so far.
Sure Linux is not Windows and that's mainly a software probleme ( Linux progs. aren't as good as Windows one sometimes ) but it gets the job done .
I suggest PCLinuxOS ( google it ).
And for those of you that like Windows that's OK . I use it one or twice a month myself :) .


RE: Flame bait.
By jtesoro on 9/13/2006 1:25:35 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Well then try Linux...


You're not safe either. For their next salvo, the EU will ask the open source folk to stop distributing Linux since it stifles competition and prevents companies like Microsoft from making the good money they deserve.


“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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