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October 13, 2006

Microsoft Blinks with the EU, South Korea over Vista Features

Microsoft has made three key changes to Vista it says were in response from European Union and Korean complaints about features in the operating system.  Europe has been much more vocal about antitrust enforcement than the United States since the change of administrations in 2001. 

The Europeans took up concerns raised by Microsoft competitors in regard to search, security, and electronic document creation.  These were raised by Google over default searching in IE7; by Symantec and others concerning their security system being locked out by Microsoft's default in Windows and access to the core in 64 bit Vista; and Adobe's concerns about the XPS document format that does the same thing as PDF.  Adobe had further concerns about the create PDF system added to Office 2007.

Microsoft issued a release announcing the changes and implied these were made in agreement with the European Commission.  The statement by Neelie Kroes, Europe's competition commissioner, makes it clear that it is still up to Microsoft to comply with the Commission's regulations, especially in light of the 2004 decision.  Odd that the media player issue never came up.  Bottom line, Vista will be released world-wide, same features, whenever Vista will be released.

Stories are in CNET, Ars Technica, and the BBC.

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