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March 1, 2006

Dog bites man: Microsoft will provide special EU versions of Vista

Posted by David Hunter at 10:17 AM ET.

As expected, but unmentioned in this week’s formal announcement of Vista SKUs. Reuters has the story:

Microsoft will construct a special version of its new Windows Vista operating system without audio-visual software to meet a European Union decision, its European president said on Wednesday.

“Will there be a version that is specific for the European union? Yes, there has to be,” said Neil Holloway, Microsoft president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Six different standard versions of Vista will replace the current Windows XP operating system later this year.

Holloway, speaking at the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit, declined to say how many additional variations would be released to comply with a European Commission order.

“We are still working through that,” he said. “I don’t know if it will be one or six or five.”

The European Commission undoubtedly gets a vote too.

Filed under Antitrust, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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