"Microsoft agreed to make each of the changes that the Commission advises us today. Having made these changes, the company and (Microsoft Chief Executive) Steve Ballmer feel comfortable moving forward, feel confident that we are in compliance with our EU competition law obligation," said Brad Smith, an attorney for Microsoft. Whether the changes made will appease the EU remain to be seen.
Months ago, Microsoft complained that the EU's restrictions and penalties may result in Vista being significantly delayed, at least in Europe. That isn't happening, despite these changes, and Vista will release on-time everywhere. I'd like to hear the details on what is being removed, and in the long run it will be interesting to see how much of an impact having various features disabled or removed from Vista has on European markets.