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September 7, 2006

Microsoft may delay Vista in Europe because of EU

Posted by David Hunter at 11:56 AM ET.

David Lawsky at Reuters:

Microsoft raised the possibility on Thursday that it might delay the introduction of its new Vista Windows operating system in Europe, depending on antitrust requirements of the European Commission.

The move came after four British members of the European Parliament wrote to European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes warning that her antitrust actions could force a delay for Vista in Europe.

Microsoft left open that possibility in a response to the letter that echoes threats it made in the United States eight years ago.

“Last spring, we made concrete proposals to the Commission to respond to their concerns about the inclusion of various new features (in Vista) and we are awaiting a response,” the company said in a statement.

“Once we receive the Commission’s response, we will know whether the Commission is seeking additional product design changes that would result in delay in Europe,” it said.

The Commission bureaucrats replied that they would provide no hints and Microsoft should just do the right thing. That and that Microsoft had only responded to their latest concerns last week.

Update: More on the MEP letter here.

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

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