The European Union’s antitrust commission plans to investigate complaints regarding Microsoft Office, said EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes Thursday.
Kroes, speaking at the Fordham Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law & Policy, did not elaborate on the investigation.
It’s nice to see that Ms. Kroes continues to run a professional operation.
Speaking of the European Commission, it’s still not exactly clear which security features in Vista are arousing their ire which we mentioned on Tuesday. However, Microsoft has preemptively made the Vista firewall an OEM selectable feature and trotted out an IDC report that Vista will drive $40 billion in economic activity and create 100,000 new jobs for the EU economy. Yes, you read that right:
Using a baseline for economic growth due to existing versions of Windows, the research firm determined that Windows-related employment would jump by 100,000 jobs next year.
Undoubtedly prodigious feats of legerdemain were involved, but who knows, maybe the release of Vista will really trigger a tech boom? For hardware suppliers at least.
In any case, the obvious point is apparently to pressure Kroes to tread lightly on Vista as the sparring continues. Now I guess Microsoft will need another report for the economic benefits of Microsoft Office, too.