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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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More provocative flamebate news
By Hare on 9/13/2006 5:01:06 AM , Rating: 3
Funny how the tone was totally different @ Arstechica

"Is this just FUD on Microsoft's part? Quite possibly, though it seems to be grounded in the Commission's statements this spring that it would be casting a wary eye on Vista. The Commission continues to have antitrust concerns about Microsoft operating systems, mostly because of the additional software each new version includes.

With XP, the issue was Media Player, and the Commission eventually forced Microsoft to release a version of the OS without the player. Microsoft seems to be hinting that the Commission's worries about Vista center on security programs like Windows Defender , and it's already starting up the rhetoric machine, hoping to convince buyers that "European Commission inquiries" equal "less security for your computer."

RE: More provocative flamebate news
By Strunf on 9/13/2006 6:37:05 AM , Rating: 2
Usually 9 out of 10 posts about the EU posted here are plain garbage... from what I’ve read the comments in arstechnica about the EU/MS case are usually better, heck there was even a post reminding us about the Symantec worries.

RE: More provocative flamebate news
By Hare on 9/13/06, Rating: 0
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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