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Written by Daniel   
Saturday, 09 September 2006 17:23
September 08, 2006 (1:29 PM EDT)

Microsoft Threatens EU With Vista Delay

By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb Technology News

Microsoft on Thursday threatened to delay the release of Windows Vista in the Europe Union unless EU antitrust regulators spell out the changes they demand in the operating system.

According to reports in Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is waiting for a response from the EU's Competition Commission on proposals submitted last month to ensure that Vista is completely compliant with EU law, particularly the 2004 antitrust ruling against Microsoft that also slapped the American developer with a $610 million fine.

Microsoft warned that any delay in hearing from the Commission could mean the company will postpone releasing Vista. The statements Thursday repeated similar warnings in a recent company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the Form 10-K Microsoft filed with the SEC in late August, it noted "uncertainties [about the EU decision] could cause Microsoft to modify product design and delay release dates for Windows or other products."

Returning fire late Thursday, the Competition Commission said it was Microsoft's responsibility to design Vista so that it met EU law, and not the Commission's job to sign off on the operating system before it releases.

"It is up to Microsoft to accept and implement its responsibilities as a near monopolist to ensure full compliance with EU competition rules and in particular the prohibition on abuse of a dominant market position,'' the commission said in the statement.


 

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