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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: an idea
By FITCamaro on 9/13/2006 11:43:43 PM , Rating: 2
No you are under an organization that is too chicken shit to act on anything. They sign documents and discuss things to all hell and back. Then make a decision that all its members either ignore or blatantly disobey(France's oil for food anyone?). Then criticize the US for acting on what they themselves decided but weren't willing to commit to because it might conflict with someones views.

Bush may not make every right decision, but at least he's not afraid to do whats morally right regardless of the bad political outcome of it. I voted for Bush, and while I haven't agreed on everything with him (outsourcing and illegal immigrants), I support him. And unlike a lot of other countries in the world, in the US you have the freedom to complain, but also the freedom to get the f*ck out if you don't like the way things are(whining illegal immigrants, legal immigrants who think we should change our countries laws, society, and beliefs to be like your countries, and ultra-liberals).

And its OK for OS X and Apple's other products to be chock full of DRM locked down applications and formats and uncompatible file types. Their name isn't Microsoft and the EU couldn't make any money off cracking down on them. The EU only cares about companies they could get billions from.

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