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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 Blame game......
By crystal clear on 9/13/2006 3:25:32 AM , Rating: 2
"The European Union is asking Microsoft to remove new security features, including its improved built-in firewall, that have been added to Vista. "

If I was at MS I would do exactly what the EU is asking-BUT
I would call it/ name it VISTA(E.U.VERSION),with a warning in Bold letters highlighted,prominently displayed all over.
Namely the box,CD,in the OS itself.The warning goes as follows-

As per EU regulations/directives all new security features including the built it firewall,normally available on Vista
O.S have been removed.MS will not be RESPONSIBLE for any damages/loss incurred by the user/buyer of this O.S.
The buyer/user buys/uses the Vista at his own risk.
All claims for damages if any should be directed to the EU.
We MS are only following EU directives/regulations.

Such a warning will shift the Blame/responsibility on the EU
& will face the consequences of that.
I can assure you that the EU will give in to public pressure
& allow all what VISTA OS offers(full version).




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