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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: I can see the future!
By xebax on 9/13/2006 6:07:22 AM , Rating: -1
1 - I'm european
2 - I couldnt care less what the EU 'leaders' say...
3 - I couldnt care less what the MS will do...

cause if i dont get the Vista Ultimate on shelves at the same time that everybody around the world gets, i'm downloading it from some US newsgroup server ( yes i'm sure that it will be cracked some hours after launch).

and please stop already with the F... EU posts, you known? it's because of some rednecks like that that you are now one of the most arrogant and hated nations in the world... i dont blame the US for the harshole president that you have... so why send us all to f... ( nor that i dont like to ) because of some tecnocrats that im sure only uses windows to check on their emails.... and dont have anything better to do ( you know what? we dont have massive hurricanes, we dont invade other countries, were not busy sueing mcdonalds for being fat ), so they sue MS (once more i must say that i dont agree , my policy is you dont like it, dont buy it )


RE: I can see the future!
By CSMR on 9/13/2006 12:13:14 PM , Rating: 3
Please do not take this person as representative of all people in EU countries. There are many people in the EU who are both sensible and law abiding.

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