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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 mindless1 on 9/13/2006 3:54:14 AM , Rating: 1
Yes you are right, it's a pity we have trolls that come along with the sole purpose of trying to bump posts down under the viewaable threshold. Perhaps the threshold control needs changed so it's not showing only all-inclusive over a certain #, but the other way around, showing exclusively under a certain number.

Know what the really funny part is? That tech geeks should, if anyone, be the ones who could appreciate how much the industry has lost out on by having an uncompetitive monopoly. It's just mind boggling how little we can do with systems unless it's an overbloated all-in-one everyting-and-kitchen-sink mess.

Now with Vista, it will be recommended to have 1GB to do office, email and surf the web. It's incredible, or really ludicrous is a better word, that with all the nonsense about security, we still can't even open an email with OE without risking virus infection (and not necessarily having to open an attachment either).


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