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Vista draws fire in Europe prior to release

updated 11:00 am EST, Fri January 26, 2007

Vista draws fire in Europe

Microsoft has yet to release its forthcoming Office 2007 software and Windows Vista operating system -- which will compete with Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard release due in the spring -- but both of Microsoft's suites are already subject to formal complaints by competitors, according to one report. Several chief rivals to Microsoft's core Office and Windows businesses -- including Adobe, Corel, RealNetworks, and Linux distributor Red-Hat -- petitioned the European Commission and argued that the Redmond developer was about to repeat the same anti-competitive mistakes that resulted in a 500-million Euro fine in March of 2004. The attention focused on both the XAML and OOXML formats built into Vista and Office respectively, according to Reuters. While technically based on open standards, the two file formats are only designed to work best on systems using Windows and Office, the group said, potentially shutting out some users from work documents or even websites.

The EC has said it will look into and is already inclined to support the allegations. Microsoft had "clearly chosen to ignore the fundamental principles" of the 2004 decision and was poised to use XAML in an attempt to control the internet, according to a spokesman for the European Committee for Interoperable Systems. The 2004 ruling saw Microsoft forced to release Europe-only versions of Windows XP without Windows Media Player after RealNetworks complained that the jukebox software's inclusion stifled its hopes of competing with the Redmond-based company, according to Electronista.




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  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good.

    MS has attempted to poison open standards in the past (Kerberos, Java, JavaScript, etc.) and it's good to see people doing something about it.

  1. ntsc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    For all the faults ...

    ... the EU has I for one have been proud to call myself European on this issue. They've managed to enforce the anti-competitive laws they made. Which is more than the supposedly democratic US govermental system has managed.

  1. Theres_NO_MAC_anymore

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hope they do the same...

    ...with Apple monopoly on all thier software and hardware.

  1. tony_se1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Biased article

    Both of the formats are a step in the right direction, and since drafts are being published I don't see a reason for arguing. Past formats such as .doc had to be reverse engineered.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Shut them down!

    The EU should ban MS just like they did in Korea! Put that garbage out of business, and cure the world of the disease!

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hope they do the same...

    you mind expanding on that a little with some examples of just how apple is doing the same thing or are you happy in making some general unsubstantiated comments?

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ... right direction

    If they are a step in the right direction, then certainly there would be no problem with waiting for the published "open" standards to be ratified and THEN push their crappy boated software on the world.

    The cart seems to be before the horse, no? As was stated by hayesk, Microsoft has had a dismal track record with existing open standards. It may not be an evil plot to kill competing technologies, but it sure looks like it after they break everything they touch.

    But I guess you were referring to the right direction being just the move away from purely proprietary file formats. Sure. No argument there. This would all probably be moot if everyone would just learn how to use the save dialog box. :P ;)

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    no teeth

    Europe still doesn't have the gall to do anything that has any effect on Microsoft. If they really believed in fighting against closed formats, they would outlaw Microsoft. Any other product which causes as much problems as Windows and Office do would be outlawed as a scam, but Microsoft gets off scot free because they can buy their way into the market by buying off European government officials like they do in the US.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: right direction

    If they are a step in the right direction, then certainly there would be no problem with waiting for the published "open" standards to be ratified and THEN push their crappy boated software on the world.

    Um, then shouldn't apple do the same thing with their iTV and use of 802.11n? Considering how long it takes to get standards ratified, waiting is just not possible.

    But all this seems weird, considering that Europe is just MS's and is busy suing apple because of their relationship.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: no teeth

    Europe still doesn't have the gall to do anything that has any effect on Microsoft. If they really believed in fighting against closed formats, they would outlaw Microsoft. Any other product which causes as much problems as Windows and Office do would be outlawed as a scam, but Microsoft gets off scot free because they can buy their way into the market by buying off European government officials like they do in the US.

    Yes, which is why the EU has sanctioned them and fined them $$$ in the past.

    And they aren't fighting 'closed' formats against everyone, just against MS (because of the previous sanctions). Because if they were, then the next step would be to go after Apple about Fairplay and all their file formats.

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