Microsoft to hold back Vista in the EU?

By Justin Mann on September 8, 2006, 4:58 PM
What's Microsoft's plan for fighting back at the EC when the EC continues to win in court? Threaten with embargos. While it doesn't sound that harsh coming from them, Microsoft is now stating that they may have to delay the release of Vista in the EU further than in other parts of the world because they fear it will make them a target of more antitrust lawsuits or bring other legal friction. They have sent a list of proposals out, and say that a hold back will be dictated by the EC's response:

"Once we receive the Commission's response, we will know whether the Commission is seeking additional product design changes that would result in a delay in Europe," the company said in a statement.
Of course, the EC completely denies that any action they take would leave them responsible for a delay in the release of the software. Some in the EU are upset over this, getting angry at either side. Some lawmakers stated they were upset with the EC's handling:

"It is alarming that one of the world's most successful technology companies considers the European Commission's attitude a risk factor that might delay European companies' access to future Microsoft products such as Windows Vista," four lawmakers wrote in a letter to the commission. "Europe needs to encourage innovation in the technology sector."
Given that MS aims to bring more integration than ever into Vista, the EC could probably easily come up with plenty of ammo to attack them again. Are their concerns legitimate? Or is this is a ploy by Microsoft to try and force the EC's hand?

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cyber_rigger said:
Something to play with while you're waiting for Vista.[url]
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by cyber_rigger:[/b][quote][url]
23168/[/url][/quote]Let me know when there are companies selling dual-booting computers with Windows and something else. Not that I'd buy one, just waiting for them.
cyber_rigger said:
Several of the companies listed offer dual/multi boot.
cyrax said:
This is a case I actually might defend microsoft a bit because ultimately EC isn't looking after the interests of consumers. Think about it, a crappy as internet explorer is it still a good deal for something that is available as soon as u install the OS. Windows gives you a browser, media and mp3 player, messenger and free games (solitaire is the entertainment for the not so tech savvy crowd). If the EC really cared about the consumer they would instaed of taking out the extra stuff, would instead allow the install of windows to include stuff like firefox and other competitor software. Or better yet, allow you chose when installing.
Nic said:
Something users don't realise is that Internet Explorer is much more than a simple browser. It is a very powerful application that makes possible to deliver powerful web-based applications to the user desktop. This is something other browser's lack because they are mainly intended for browsing the web, usually on more than one OS.IE does much more (e.g. it was the first to offer drag & drop functionality in a browser) though admittedly, as a pure web browser it is looking dated now. Removing IE from Windows, while possible, will limit the type of browser-based applications that can be developed.Why should the EU hold back technology development on Windows platform, and in the process prevent other software houses from developing advanced web-based tools that require features not supported by other browsers? The EU is meddling far to much simply to keep those that wish to compete happy.Microsoft has never prevented users from installing alternative browsers on Windows, so users still have a choice, and Microsoft can still push ahead with development of new web-based technologies knowing that full support for this will be built-in to Windows.The next time you install windows software, take a look at the system requirements. If it says requires IE5 or later, then this is because it requires features that aren't supported by other browsers in order to work. This isn't the developers fault, but a fact of life in software development. IE is not just a browser, but a software delivery system (as is WMP) and as such it IS part of Windows.[Edited by Nic on 2006-09-10 05:10:10]
zephead said:
true. IE is a part of windows, which explains the massive shortcomings in internet explorer's security.
nic said:
correct!As we all know...nothing is totally secure and adding extra functionality to any software will expose more surface area to hackers!
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