Rivals attack Vista as illegal under EU rules

A coalition of rivals charged on Friday that Microsoft's new Vista operating system will perpetuate practices found illegal in the European Union nearly three years ago. The European Commission found in 2004 that Microsoft used its dominance to muscle out RealNetworks and other makers of audio and video streaming software and that it made its […]

A coalition of rivals charged on Friday that Microsoft's new Vista operating system will perpetuate practices found illegal in the European Union nearly three years ago.

The European Commission found in 2004 that Microsoft used its dominance to muscle out RealNetworks and other makers of audio and video streaming software and that it made its desktop Windows deliberately incompatible with rivals' server software.

"Microsoft has clearly chosen to ignore the fundamental principles of the Commission's March 2004 decision," said Simon Awde, chairman of the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS).

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Microsoft, Windows Vista, EU