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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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RE: Let's make it clear...
By bozilla on 9/13/2006 3:54:58 AM , Rating: -1
You are absolutely right. Most of Dailytech readers that posted on this news are just probably kids with half ass knowlegde of how things work. Don't pay attention to them.

Second of all, to just address a few things that illiterate users posted. First of all EU is not a country. It is still consisted of quite a few countries but the market is unified, currency for easier transactions and it is easier to travel.

Second of all, you are giving too much credit to Microsoft. Hey, if they want to leave EU market with their OS they are free to do so. There are plenty of alternatives these days that can work just as good. Many *Nix versions, OSX and a few smaller ones. Even if there wasn't a commercial OS that would satisfy the needs, I can guarantee that it would be made by force of economics, so don't worry.

They won't leave because they make a lot of money from EU to begin with and they enjoy monopoly they have. I've seen a few countries that are simply running other OSs and they are JUST FINE and DANDY.

The bottom line, American capitalism (and I say American because there is a difference between real and free market capitalism and quazi-capitalism present in the US today) doesn't mean that a corporation can go and do whatever it likes around the world no matter what market share it holds. Accept it.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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