Simon Taylor at InfoWorld:
The European Commission has appointed Professor Neil Barrett, a British academic specializing in computer science and cybercrime, to oversee Microsoft’s compliance with the antitrust ruling against the company, it announced Wednesday.
European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes informed Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer of the decision in a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday morning.
I hope Steve didn’t choke on his Belgian waffles! Actually, it apparently wasn’t that bad:
She expressed faith in Barrett, emphasizing his role is to advise, not to mediate. “I’m highly confident that Professor Neil Barrett will do an extremely good job. … The CEO of Microsoft is aware and in favor [of this appointment]. Professor Barrett will team up with other technical experts to give advice to the Commission,” she said.