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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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By johnsonx on 9/13/2006 12:36:43 AM , Rating: 2
LOL, reading this article I was just waiting for the 'Beenthere' crap stream. This one is even dumber than usual. He really reminds me of the good old days of Cramitpal on Anandtech: any article about Intel or AMD, and you could count on a torrent of drivel about flame-throwing Piss 4's and the like. Always worth a laugh though.

By Crassus on 9/13/2006 1:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
O yeah, those were the days. I think some people are convinced that he actually IS cramitpal. The writing style certaily speaks for itself.

By johnsonx on 9/13/2006 3:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
yep, I've often thought that myself. More than once I've replied to one of Beenthere's posts with just one word:


Same goes for Cornfedone. Don't miss my reply to his post below!

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser
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