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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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The EU doesn’t...
By Strunf on 9/12/2006 7:55:23 PM , Rating: 2
want MS to take their firewall out of Vista...
Here what the EU said about it
"The commission does not intend to prevent Microsoft from improving the security of its products. The commission understands Microsoft's desire to make Vista more secure than its predecessors. The commission, however, believes that computer security depends on diversity and innovation in the field of security software. Such diversity and innovation could be at risk if Microsoft was allowed to foreclose the existing competition in security software markets, where, as you know, there are several reputable security companies already existing. If Microsoft were to foreclose these markets by bundling its own security products into its own operating system, less diversity and innovation would ultimately harm consumers through reduced choice and higher security risks."

No mention of the windows firewall... the EC is just emitting some concerns about the security functions in Vista cause it may kill off the 3rd party companies and this will be bad for the users, just think if everyone has the same firewall, the same anti-virus and so on, it will be far easier for hackers and others to have their ways.




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